Lead ammo ban for hunting gains traction in state Assembly

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A bill that would make California the only state in the nation to ban lead ammunition for hunting has sailed through the state Assembly's Water, Parks and Wildlife Committee.

The bill by Democrat Anthony Rendon of Lakewood passed the committee on Tuesday despite opposition from sporting enthusiasts who said it would be tantamount to a ban on hunting.

It has been sought by wildlife protection groups concerned about lead poisoning deaths in carrion scavengers such as condors and eagles. Rendon said the bill also would protect children who eat game.

Lead is a neurotoxin outlawed in gasoline, paint and children's toys.

Hunting and gun rights groups said there is no science proving that humans have been poisoned and ammunition made of stronger metals could be banned by the federal officials as armor-piercing.