A Brief History of Legislative Efforts in Other States

Lead Shot Legislation:

1991 Lead shot banned in waterfowl hunting in all 50 states (enacted in 1986 for phased implementation by 1991).
1999 Lead shot banned in waterfowl hunting in Canada.

Lead Fishing Gear Legislation:

1987 Lead sinkers (28.35 g or less) are banned in Great Britain.
1994 EPA proposes nationwide ban of lead sinkers.
1995 Fish and Wildlife Service bans use of lead sinkers in National Wildlife Refuges where there is reasonable likelihood of an adverse impact on trumpeter swans or common loons. These include Red Rock Lakes NWR in Lima, Montana, National Elk NWR in Jackson, Wyoming, Seney NWR in Seney, Michigan as well as Yellowstone National Park.
1997 Environment Canada and Parks Canada prohibit possession of lead sinkers and jigs (50 g or less) in National Wildlife Areas and National Parks.
2000 New Hampshire bans use of all lead sinkers weighing 1 ounce or less and jigs less than 1 inch along longest axis in freshwater lakes and ponds (voted 1998).
2000 Massachusetts Fisheries & Wildlife Board prohibits the use of all lead sinkers in Quabbin and Wachusett Reservoirs, the loons' primary habitat in the state.
2001 California requires toxicity warning on lead sinker sales: “This product contains lead, a chemical known to the state of California to cause cancer and birth defects and other reproductive harm.”
2002 Maine bans all sales of lead sinkers weighing half an ounce or less (voted 2001).
2002 Denmark prohibits import and marketing of most products containing lead in 2000 with lead products for fishing specifically banned in 2002.
2004 New York bans the use of lead sinkers weighing half an ounce or less (voted 2002).
2005 New Hampshire bans the use of lead sinkers (one ounce or less) and lead jigs (less than one inch) in any freshwater (rivers were excluded from previous legislation). The sale of these sinkers is banned as of January 2006 (voted 2004).
2006 Vermont bans the sale of lead sinkers less than half an ounce, and use of these sinkers as of 2007 (voted 2004).
2012 Massachusetts bans the use of jigs and sinkers less than 1 oz (2012)
2013 New Hampshire bans the sale and freshwater use of lead fishing sinkers and jigs weighing 1 ounce or less (2013). This law will go into effect on June 1, 2016, giving anglers and retailers time to transition to non-lead tackle.
2013 Maine bans the sale and use of sinkers 1 ounce or less and bare lead-headed jigs 2.5" or less (2013)