Skip to main content

California Gov. Jerry Brown Signs Gun Control Legislation, Bans Lead Ammo

California Gov. Jerry Brown Signs Gun Control Legislation, Bans Lead Ammo

Despite vetoing seven gun control bills, Calif. Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law AB 711, a bill banning the use of lead ammunition for hunting.

California is the first state to take formal action against the use of lead ammuniton.

Proposed by Assemblyman Anthony Rendon, D-Lakewood, the bill will ban hunters from using lead-based ammunition by 2019.


"We are thrilled that Governor Brown has made AB 711 the law of the land," Rendon said. "There is simply no reason to continue using lead ammunition in hunting when it poses a significant risk to human health and the environment."


Although he signed the lead ban, Gov. Brown surprisingly vetoed a handful of gun control bills aimed at tightening the existing bans on several common rifles and shotguns.

According to The Washington Post, Brown vetoed Senate Bill 374 — which would have banned the sale and possession of semi-automatic rifles with detachable magazines — and Senate Bill 567, which would have defined some low-capacity shotguns and rifles as assault weapons.

Both bills passed the state senate in June by a 22-14 vote, along with five other pieces of gun control legislation.

In a message to California's state legislature, Brown explained he didn't "believe that [SB374's] blanket ban on semi-automatic rifles would reduce criminal activity or enhance public safety enough to warrant this infringement on gun owners' rights," the Post reported, adding Brown did not believe the small number of guns listed in SB567 did not pose a threat to the public.


Earlier this week, the NRA singled out SB374, threatening the state with a lawsuit should the bill have been passed, according to the Los Angeles Times.

"The NRA's planned legal challenges are simply part of its prudent contingency plan to do everything possible to protect the rights of Californians who choose to own a gun to protect themselves and their families," NRA attorney Chuck Michel told the Times.

Michel added, "A dozen years ago the head of the gun control lobby in California announced that they had gotten almost everything they wanted. Now years later, dozens more extreme gun control bills sit on the governor's desk. The gun ban lobby will never be satisfied. California is now living proof that the slippery slope of gun control is real."


Despite the vetoed bills, several other smaller gun control measures were signed into law by Brown. One measure restricts the sale of high-capacity magazines, another prohibits businesses from applying for assault weapons permits, and two new laws restrict firearm access for mentally ill patients.

Current Magazine Cover

Enjoy articles like this?

Subscribe to the magazine.

Get access to everything Guns & Ammo has to offer.
Subscribe to the Magazine

GET THE NEWSLETTER Join the List and Never Miss a Thing.

Recommended Articles

See More Recommendations

Popular Videos

Benelli Lupo Bolt-Action Rifle Review

Benelli Lupo Bolt-Action Rifle Review

It is unlike any other rifle on the market because it offers features no one else does; those looking for a rifle that fits like a custom-made firearm should look no further than the Benelli Lupo.

Cameras Don

Cameras Don't Lie: Subsonic 9mm vs. .300 Blackout

In this segment of "Cameras Don't Lie," a subsonic-ammo showdown, 9mm vs. .300 Blackout fired from AR rifles.

Pocket-Pistol Carry Tips and Tricks

Pocket-Pistol Carry Tips and Tricks

Pocket carry, as a method of concealed carry for a defensive firearm, can be a practical option when done right. This is especially true during the colder months when heavy outer garments can obstruct access to a traditional waistline holster. Former U.S. Navy SEAL Jeff Gonzales, president of Trident Concepts, joins G&A contributor Kimberly Heath-Chudwin to discuss guns, training and gear, including Blackhawk's TecGrip holster that can make pocket carry more successful.

Surefire XSC Micro-Compact Pistol Light: First Look

Surefire XSC Micro-Compact Pistol Light: First Look

Small, lightweight and purpose-built for sub-compact carry guns, Surefire's XSC pistol light takes on EDC illumination segment.

See More Popular Videos

Trending Articles

The Winchester .350 Legend straight-wall cartridge is ideally suited for hunting hogs and deer; here's everything you need to know to make it work for you..350 Legend Cartridge: Everything You Need to Know Rifle

.350 Legend Cartridge: Everything You Need to Know

Tom Beckstrand - April 02, 2019

The Winchester .350 Legend straight-wall cartridge is ideally suited for hunting hogs and...

Springfield Armory's SAINT Edge Pistol may be the best AR pistol on the market.Springfield Armory SAINT Edge Pistol Review Handguns

Springfield Armory SAINT Edge Pistol Review

James Tarr - April 17, 2019

Springfield Armory's SAINT Edge Pistol may be the best AR pistol on the market.

Trijicon has dominated the Carry Optic landscape on hard-use handguns for years. With the new RMRcc, they plan on dominating the concealed carry market as well.Trijicon RMRcc Reflex Sight Review – Perfect for Concealed Carry Optics

Trijicon RMRcc Reflex Sight Review – Perfect for Concealed Carry

Jeremy Stafford - October 01, 2020

Trijicon has dominated the Carry Optic landscape on hard-use handguns for years. With the new...

The Savage MSR 15 Competition is an out-of-the-box racehorse ready to help you win 3-Gun matches. Here's why.Savage MSR 15 Competition Review Reviews

Savage MSR 15 Competition Review

James Tarr - May 21, 2019

The Savage MSR 15 Competition is an out-of-the-box racehorse ready to help you win 3-Gun...

See More Trending Articles

More Industry

PolyOne announced its acquisition of the color masterbatch businesses of Clariant and Clariant Chemicals India Ltd., and has implemented a corporate name change. Beginning immediately, PolyOne is now called Avient.PolyOne Announces Clariant Masterbatch Acquisition and Name Change Industry

PolyOne Announces Clariant Masterbatch Acquisition and Name Change

Guns & Ammo Staff - July 16, 2020

PolyOne announced its acquisition of the color masterbatch businesses of Clariant and Clariant...

Founding Publisher Robert The Star System: Joe Kurtenbach Joins G&A Industry

The Star System: Joe Kurtenbach Joins G&A

Eric R. Poole - November 04, 2020

Founding Publisher Robert "Pete" Petersen believed in the Star System. We still believe in...

We all have mentors in life, but for many of us the most influential among them are our dads. As Father's Day approached, I found myself reflecting on my own.Father's Day Thoughts Industry

Father's Day Thoughts

Keith Wood - August 20, 2020

We all have mentors in life, but for many of us the most influential among them are our dads....

The Outdoor Sportsman Group (OSG) welcomes Joseph Kurtenbach as its newest editorial addition to Guns & Ammo. Joe Kurtenbach Joins Guns & Ammo Industry

Joe Kurtenbach Joins Guns & Ammo

Guns & Ammo Staff - July 20, 2020

The Outdoor Sportsman Group (OSG) welcomes Joseph Kurtenbach as its newest editorial addition...

See More Industry

Magazine Cover

GET THE MAGAZINE Subscribe & Save

Digital Now Included!

SUBSCRIBE NOW

Give a Gift   |   Subscriber Services

PREVIEW THIS MONTH'S ISSUE Arrow

Buy Digital Single Issues

Don't miss an issue.
Buy single digital issue for your phone or tablet.

Buy Single Digital Issue on the Guns & Ammo App

Other Magazines

See All Other Magazines

Special Interest Magazines

See All Special Interest Magazines

GET THE NEWSLETTER Join the List and Never Miss a Thing.

Phone Icon

Get Digital Access.

All Guns and Ammo subscribers now have digital access to their magazine content. This means you have the option to read your magazine on most popular phones and tablets.

To get started, click the link below to visit mymagnow.com and learn how to access your digital magazine.

Get Digital Access

Not a Subscriber?
Subscribe Now