Firearms Industry Fires Back against Proposed Ban on Traditional Shot Shells in California

Firearms Industry Fires Back against Proposed Ban on Traditional Shot Shells in California
From The National Shooting Sports Foundation

NEWTOWN, Conn. -- The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) – the trade association for the firearms, ammunition, hunting and shooting sports industry – criticized the introduction of a bill in California to ban traditional shot shells containing lead BBs in state wildlife areas.

The sponsor of the bill, Assemblyman Pedro Nava (D), announced the proposed legislation at a press conference, where he was flanked by representatives from the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) – the country’s largest anti-hunting group. Just yesterday the assemblyman, who is running for California attorney general, was endorsed by the Sierra Club California. The involvement of the HSUS and the timing of the endorsement demonstrate that the real motive behind the ban is to diminish hunting in the state by making it much more expensive to buy ammunition, thereby forcing more hunters out of the field and keeping new hunters from going afield.

Wildlife management policy must be based on science, not on opinion or political or symbolic gesture. Assemblyman Nava's claim that traditional shot shells need to be banned to protect wildlife populations is simply not supported by sound science.

"Wildlife population management decisions and hunting regulations are best left to the professionals at the California Fish and Game Department based on sound science," said NSSF Senior Vice President and General Counsel Lawrence G. Keane. "The Legislature is not the appropriate forum for these decisions to be made."

The introduction of the traditional ammunition ban comes on the heels of the Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks Commission (FWP) rejecting a similar proposal in its state on the grounds that a ban lacked "biological justification."

"If Assemblyman Nava’s bill passes," continued Keane, "it is the state and local economies that will need help. The proposed ban, while doing nothing to help wildlife, would force hunters to use other more costly ammunition alternatives. This would make hunting more expensive and ultimately lead to a decline in hunters, hunter support for wildlife conservation and hunter-generated income."


About NSSF

The National Shooting Sports Foundation is the trade association for the firearms industry. Its mission is to promote, protect and preserve hunting and the shooting sports. Formed in 1961, NSSF has a membership of more than 4,000 manufacturers, distributors, firearms retailers, shooting ranges, sportsmen's organizations and publishers. For more information, log on to

Recommended for You

Field Tested: Lightweight Raingear

David Draper - May 30, 2019

Our picks for stuffable protection against any weather.

Other Hunting

New Gear: MidwayUSA Competition Range Bag

G&F Staff

Perfect for competition or a day at the range.


MLF Pros: What's Your Go-To Lure?

G&F Online Staff - May 20, 2019

When all else fails, here's what these pros tie on.

See More Recommendations

Trending Stories


Catfish Night & Day: How to Catch 'Em Both Ways

Terry Madewell - April 04, 2018

Catfish tend to be found in shallower water at night, but they are still active during the...

Other Freshwater

3 Deadly Bait Rigs For Stripers

J.B. Kasper - April 21, 2005

The colder waters of early spring are prime times to use bait rigs for stripers.

Other Freshwater

6 Tips for Nighttime Crappie

Keith Sutton - June 19, 2017

Fishing for nighttime crappie gets you out of the summer heat and puts more fish in the...

See More Stories

More Stories


Call Our Complex Coyotes

Brad Fitzpatrick - July 13, 2017

We Coyote hunters spend a lot of time ringing the dog's dinner bell when we call. But we are


Behind the Badge: A Warden's First Night-Poaching Bust

Game & Fish Online Staff - July 30, 2018

Behind the Badge is a regular series of perspective stories by Oklahoma game warden Carlos...


Coyotes In Suburbia

Stephen D. Carpenteri - November 30, 2016

Once considered a denizen of the Western wilds, the coyote has learned to adapt to human

See More Stories

GET THE MAGAZINE Subscribe & Save

Temporary Price Reduction


Give a Gift   |   Subscriber Services


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