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Ammunition & Explosives

The state procures ammunition for training and law enforcement operations. Traditional ammunition is lead-based and can potentially cause lead poisoning to wildlife when exposed to this heavy metal. Ammunition manufactures have developed non lead-based ammunition as a result of the Department of Fish and Game’s effort to make it illegal to use lead projectiles while hunting in the range of the endangered California condor. This alternative (copper based ammunition) has been found to be comparable in performance in certain applications, without the potential health effects associated with traditional lead-based ammunition.

Green Contracts

The contract listed below offers lead-free ammunition.

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Contract Name: Ammunition, New Factory Loaded
Contract ID/Number: 1-17-13-02

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The following technical and environmental specifications are incorporated in the State's contract(s) and are linked here for informational purposes only.


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