This bill was headed up by the Humane Society of the United States. a Lobbying group that is the 2nd largest in the US and gets some of its money from people who think they are donating to animal shelters, since they use a name similar to the local shelters.
One of their goals is to outlaw hunting, starting with California.
President Wayne Pacelle, “We are going to use the ballot box and the democratic process to stop all hunting in the United States. We will take it species by species until all hunting is stopped in California. Then we will take it state by state.”
The threat from lead ammo is extremely overstated. Comparing it to leaded gasoline for example is very disingenuous. Different bio-availabilities.
They are also stretching it when they say alternatives to lead ammo are cheap and safe. Today at Cabela's a box of Barnes copper bullets cost 6 times as much as a lead version for the old 30-30. You will note that Barnes Bullets have been a substantial contributer to some of the bill's backers. Condors are also troubled with copper poisoning. The alternative bullet materials are not without toxicity problems, in fact the Sierra Club of Mass. is suing the Military to clean up after the "green" bullets they used there that promptly leached into the ground water (unlike solid lead) and threatens animals and people with cancer and other problems.
Lead for hunting has already been banned throughout the Condors range with a 98% rate of compliance by hunters. Yet condors are still are getting lead poisoning, possibly from other sources.
This bill will greatly increase the cost of hunting for those that do more than occasional "armed hiking" and likely will help achieve the goals set forth by the HSUS and others involved in the bill of reducing the number of hunters in CA.