The U.S. Department of Interior is currently reviewing a plan presented by the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) to ban traditional lead ammunition on all public lands. The traditional ammo ban would effectively ban hunters from using one-fifth of the total land area in the U.S.
A similar ban was signed into law last year in California that banned all lead ammunition, making California the blueprint for a nationwide effort to ban guns and hunting by limiting ammo because of “environmental concerns.”
Last year, California Governor Jerry Brown signed AB 711 requiring that the State adopt a regulation to ban lead ammunition no later than July 1, 2015, with full implementation of the ban to occur no later than July 1, 2019. At the time, California Assemblyman Tim Donnelly warned the ban was nothing more than a de facto ban on hunting.
“This is a ban on hunting that is disguised as a lead ammo ban,” Donnelly told Breitbart News. “It would force people to go non-lead bullets, but non-lead bullets are considered to be armor piercing, and if they can be fired through a handgun they are illegal to own. It is a breach of federal law to own arming piecing ammunition for handguns.”
“This will effectively end ammunition options for hunters, ending hunting in CA as well,” he explained. “And this makes no sense because hunters help us manage the wildlife population. And through licenses and other fees they actually pay the state to let them do the management.”
The Humane Society of the United States doesn’t care about banning lead; their intention is to ban all hunting throughout the country. In fact, the head of HSUS, Wayne Pacelle, has been very vocal about his goal and how he plans on banning hunting in the United States.
As far back as 1990, Pacelle was busy laying out his plan:
“If we could shut down all sport hunting in a moment, we would.” (The Kingman Daily Miner, 30 December 1991).
“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.” (Full Cry Magazine, 1 October 1990).
take it state by state.” (Full Cry Magazine, 1 October 1990).
The bill passed in California was only the first step in their campaign to ban hunting in the U.S.
The HSUS playbook, which the NSSF helped uncover earlier this year says, “We have intentionally chosen to concentrate first on banning the use of all lead ammunition for hunting in California and pursuing a ban on federal lands owned by the Department of Interior in order to build momentum for the campaign and to spur change within the various ammunition manufacturers and state wildlife agencies.”
They also brag about how they have infiltrated federal agencies and are actively shaping policy when it comes to the use of ammunition.
The HSUS has close working relationships with state wildlife agencies all across the country. Our wildlife department staff and state directors regularly attend state wildlife agency meetings where they have presented to top level agency officials and developed close working relationships with wildlife law enforcement officers in the majority of states. Our state directors attend department and commission meetings and have developed long-lasting relationships. We are regularly contacted to participate in stakeholder meetings and asked about The HSUS position on pending proposals. In fact, many of our staff serves on state wildlife agency appointed boards and commissions. These existing relationships will go a long way in our campaign to end the use of lead ammunition.
Hunters and all gun owners need to be aware of what’s going on here. We have an administration that has no regard for the traditions of this country, and based on past executive actions and policies put in place by this government, it might not be long before the California ban on Traditional Ammo gets passed on the federal level.