The latest bill out of Sacramento intended to make us all safer and reduce crime is AB 3071. If you haven’t heard yet, this bill will make ammunition containing lead illegal to sell or use at any gun range in California, indoor or outdoor. Only certified lead free (read: only approved ammunition on the State’s very short list) ammunition may be sold or used at the range.
If you read AB 3071, you’ll see the health and environmental hazards of lead used to strike fear into the hearts of the public and justify the bill. You’ll see it argued that lead-free ammunition is readily available (not exactly true) so this is no big deal. Similar to how microstamping technology is widely available, so the Handgun Roster is no big deal.
This law is very new, introduced 02/21/20, so no one knows exactly what the final bill will contain. What is fairly certain, is that whatever its final form it will very likely be passed and signed into law. Since the goal of the California government is to hurt firearms related businesses and to ultimately disarm the public (insert your own reason) the eventual impact of this bill won’t be good for citizens.
There is little to be done about this at the moment but it’s probably worth considering a few things.
The Bill was authored by Assemblyman Kevin Mullin representing the 22nd District in San Mateo County. Mullin started his career on the South San Francisco City Council. South San Francisco had a population of 67,587 in 2018. Had gun owners been aware and organized, Mullin could likely have been defeated at the City Council level and prevented from going on to harm Californians.
The bill was co-authored by State Senator Bob Wieckowski representing Senate District 10. Wieckowski became politically active in Fremont, California. Fremont has a population of 204,949. Again, had gun owners been aware and engaged, Wieckowski’s political career may have been stopped early on.
San Diego County Gun Owners (SDCGO) works to elect Second Amendment friendly politicians throughout the county specifically to stop people like Mullin and Wieckowski before they get started.
This bill and it’s authors are why gun owners need to be involved, need to be engaged. It’s not enough to be an NRA member or a CRPA member, or an SDCGO member. You need to know what your politicians are doing. You need to talk to people; to your friends, your family, your shooting buddies. You need to be involved.
We are all Americans. Just because we live in California, we don’t stop being Americans, we still have our rights. But those rights need to be defended or they’ll be lost. As we move into this very important election cycle, we all have the opportunity to do something, to get involved.
Almost all gun control laws make the public less safe. AB 3071 is no exception. The number of concealed carry permits (CCW) continues to grow in California and across America. The more legally armed citizens we have, the safer our communities. If ranges are driven out of business and ammunition becomes less available, it will become difficult for CCW holders to maintain a high level of skill. We will be less safe.
The right to self-defense is a basic human right. Gun ownership is an integral part of that right. If you want to keep your rights defend them by joining San Diego County Gun Owners (SDCGO) in San Diego, Orange County Gun Owners (OCGO) in Orange County, San Bernardino County Gun Owners (SBCGO) in San Bernardino County or Riverside County Gun Owners (RCGO) in Riverside. Support the cause by listening to Gun Sports Radio live on Sunday afternoon or on the internet at your leisure. Join the fight and help us restore and preserve our second amendment rights. Together we will win.
©2020 Joseph T Drammissi
California hunters have already been dealing with a lead ban for years now, and it’s downright expensive and hard to find. I stopped by Turner’s for some non-lead 12GA shotshells, and they didn’t have anything for me (why a hunting store in California is primarily selling lead ammo, which you can’t even use to hunt here anymore, is perplexing to me). My old 1956 Wingmaster isn’t graded for steel, so I spent a lot of time and money trying to find bismuth shotshells online which cost me $40 for a box. Not wanting to deal with those prices again, I had the barrel modified for a couple hundred dollars, then had to buy new chokes, all to accommodate the lead ban. Nobody’s going to tell me that a lead ban is a minor inconvenience, it’s already been a drain on my time and wallet in order to stay in compliance.
It’s my guess that CA LE and the military in CA put more lead into the ground on their ranges than all the civilian target shooters and hunters combined. Is CA forcing them to comply with this stricture?