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By THE BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIAN
Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation Friday banning the use of lead ammunition for hunting in California, and at least one local gun business owner is not too happy.
"I've had over 30 close friends and employees leave the state because of these gun laws in California," Gene Thome from Bear Mountain Sports said Monday on "First Look with Scott Cox."
The lead ammo ban was sought by some lawmakers to protect wildlife and the environment, but Thome said there is more lead in the ground then a hunter could ever produce.
With this new law, both local hunters and businesses will see a change, Thome said. Just two days after the governor signed the legislation, Thome has no lead ammunition in his store and can't buy it for his customers.
So is there something better than lead ammunition?
Thome doesn't think so.
"Lead works because it's heavy and malleable and you can create any shape you want, so that's why it's perfect," he said.
Along with the ban on lead ammunition, certain guns have also joined the list. A gun similar to a Ruger 10/22 used for hunting has been banned because it's semiautomatic.
Simulcast host Scott Cox said he grew up using a Ruger gun. He said he feels the government is making everything confusing for hunters.
"You have to read all about what is banned and what is not," Cox said.
"Before, all you had to do was go to a place like Bear Mountain Sports and buy what you needed," Cox said.
Another place hunters will see a change is in the price of ammunition.
A hunter usually pays about $18 to $20 for a box of ammunition right now at Bear Mountain Sports. But with new regulations, a box will cost about $60 to $80, Thome said.
"I hope shooting as a sport doesn't die down because people can't afford it anymore," Thome said. "The next best material for ammunition would be gold and I don't think many people can afford gold."