Lead Ammo Blasted By Group of Experts

This long rifle 40 RN-L bullet is made with lead.
Paul Wellman

Last month, in a statement released via the University of California’s online publication service, 30 scientists, doctors, and public health experts cited “overwhelming scientific evidence” about the toxic effects of lead to the health of humans and wildlife and called for the “reduction and eventual elimination” of lead-based ammunition “in order to protect human and environmental health.” The “consensus statement” was issued as the California Legislature considers Assembly Bill 711, which would ban lead hunting ammo in the state. Such ammo is already banned in parts of the Los Padres National Forest and other areas considered to be possible habitat for critically endangered California condors.

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