California's liberals have been waging war on the 2nd Amendment here in CA for generations. I talked about it in the book that I recently published, but one of the more unique strategies was to ban lead ammunition. Lead is quite common in ammo and it is far more affordable that bullets made with other metals. Also worth noting is that those bullets made of other metals (or mixes of multiple metals) make it more difficult to trace forensically.
The condor is a giant bird that eats carcasses of dead things. They were really endangered here in CA for a while and I have no doubt millions of dollars went into programs to try to save the bird while CA's other real problems (traffic, immigration, jobs, etc) languished. I've lived in California my whole life and been all over the state; I've yet never seen a condor nor do I understand why people think they are so important.
The liberals claimed that lead bullets used to kill animals hunted in CA were poisoning condors, and the media and anti 2A groups ate that right up. Turkey vultures and other birds who ate carrion didn't seem to suffer the same effects, but we are talking bullets here so why would logic come into the equation. Btw, condors die other ways too like being taken down by golden eagles, crashing into power lines, and other natural factors like sicknesses.
In 2007 lead was banned in the condor region so that meant if you were lucky enough to get some deer tags in the golden state you'd need to throw down some cash for expensive non-lead ammo. Btw, that also applied to carrying a handgun in those regions; no lead across the board.
The Washington Times has posted an interesting article which alleges that key reports with lead data were withheld by the Fish and Wildlife Service in the hopes of advancing the lead ban. This was discovered by some emails received through the Freedom of Information Act via the National Sports Shooting Foundation (NSSF). Here is what the editor of the NSSF had to say about this:
[T]he email thread shows that they withheld that [information] from the public; they withheld it from the legislature purposely. And why? Because the results show that despite the existing law and regulations that ban the use of traditional ammunition by hunters, it was not having an impact on condor blood-lead levels in California.
Wow. I don't know if this case will actually go anywhere or the lead ban will be overturned. My guess is that this story will fade away in the never ending news cycle and most of the general public simply won't care. That being said, if the CalGuns Foundation gets behind this, it could be another slam dunk for them in court.