California is set to become the first state to enact a ban on lead bullets, reports Red Alert
. The move follows years of complaints by environmental groups among others who say that lead from the ammo is ending up in meat destined for mass consumption.
Bill AB-711 need only be signed by Gov. Jerry Brown by October 12th to become law.
"The Centers for Disease Control and leading scientists from around the country agree that there is no safe level of lead exposure for humans," said Democratic Assemblyman Richard Pan.
As Red Alert
's Katie LaPotin notes, the National Rifle Association has vocally opposed the ban, claiming there is no direct link between lead from bullets and ill health effects in humans. The NRA also claims that lead substitutes like copper are more expensive and would thus have a negative impact on state revenues drawn from hunting licenses.
"There are alternate sources of lead in the environment which are probably the source of the lead," said a lawyer for the gun rights group.
The downsides of lead exposure are claimed by some to extend beyond the kinds of health impacts assessed by the CDC. Earlier this year, a debate
surrounding lead's link to fostering aggression and criminal tendencies was hashed out among various pundits. But as Discover
's Scott Firestone wrote
, the scientific jury was "still out" on the matter.
Via Red Alert