SACRAMENTO (AP) — Gov. Jerry Brown has signed a bill to close a loophole in the state’s ban on importing, buying or selling elephant ivory or rhinoceros horns.

The measure by Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins aimed to end the state’s exemption for selling ivory imported before 1977. The San Diego Democrat says clamping down on the illegal ivory trade would help bring an end to the poaching of elephants and rhinoceros.

Critics say the legislation would do little to help if other countries and states continue allowing sales of ivory products.

But supporters argue California can make a difference by serving as a model for other states. They say California is a major market for ivory, and the ban would help dry up demand.

San Francisco and Los Angeles make up two of the country’s top three hubs for ivory sales.

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