Monday, January 21, 2013

Californians: Get Ready To Have Background Checks For Ammunition Purchases

Bullets for handloading - Sierra brand in .270...
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I recently attended the Guns Across America event in Sacramento California. While I was up there I learned about a new bill being proposed by State Senator De León and State Senator Yee. The bill is SB-53, and is an addition to the law that makes it so you have to be fingerprinted, background checked, and registered when you buy a firearm in California, and extends that to ammunition purchases. Here is the text from the bill:

  • Existing law requires the Attorney General to maintain records, including among other things, fingerprints, licenses to carry concealed firearms, and information from firearms dealers pertaining to firearms, for purposes of assisting in the investigation of crimes, and specified civil actions.This bill would require the Attorney General to also maintain copies of ammunition purchase permits for those purposes.
  • Existing law, subject to exceptions, requires that the delivery or transfer of ownership of handgun ammunition occur only in a face-to-face transaction. Existing law provides that the term “vendor” for purposes of ammunition sales is a “handgun ammunition vendor” as defined for those and other purposes.This bill would extend those provisions to any ammunition. The bill would provide that the term “vendor” for purposes of ammunition sales means “ammunition vendor” as defined for those and other purposes. The bill would make additional conforming changes.
  • Existing law prohibits an ammunition vendor from allowing a person the vendor knows or should know is a person who is prohibited from possessing firearms for specified reasons, from handling, selling, or delivering handgun ammunition in the course and scope of their employment. Existing law prohibits an ammunition vendor from selling or otherwise transferring ownership of, offering for sale or otherwise offering to transfer ownership of, or displaying for sale or displaying for transfer of ownership of, any handgun ammunition in a manner that allows that ammunition to be accessible to a purchaser or transferee without the assistance of the vendor or an employee of the vendor.This bill would extend those prohibitions to any ammunition. The bill would provide that a violation of those provisions is a misdemeanor.By creating a new crime, this bill would impose a state-mandated local program.
  • Existing law subject to exceptions, requires a handgun ammunition vendor to record specified information at the time of delivery of handgun ammunition to a purchaser, as specified.This bill would extend those provisions to transactions of any ammunition. The bill would, commencing September 1, 2014, and subject to exceptions, require the purchaser of ammunition to hold an ammunition purchase permit, or other specified permit, license, or certificate pertaining to acquisition, possession, or carrying firearms, as provided, or other specified documentation for a person who is not a state resident. The bill would, commencing September 1, 2014, require the vendor to submit to the Department of Justice information demonstrating compliance with that verification requirement, as specified. The bill would, commencing June 1, 2014, authorize issuance of ammunition purchase permits by the Department of Justice to applicants who are residents of this state, at least 18 years of age, not prohibited from acquiring or possessing ammunition, and who pay the required fees, as specified. The bill would establish an application process and specify the information to be displayed on the permit. The bill would provide that the permit authorizes the holder to purchase ammunition from an ammunition vendor.
  • The California Constitution requires the state to reimburse local agencies and school districts for certain costs mandated by the state. Statutory provisions establish procedures for making that reimbursement.

This is complete nonsense! Do you know what this will do? This will cause criminals to drive to Arizona to buy their ammunition. That is it! Do they really think that by passing this sort of law that it will deter criminals in any way?

If you live in California, you need to contact your representatives and tell them to oppose this, and any other pointless gun control bill being proposed. If you don't know who they are you can use this link to find who represents your district, and use the contact form on their pages. (Representative Lookup)

Also, you should donate to Gun Owners of California who plan to give a voice to the people over these stupid bills in Sacramento. We cannot be silent about this and hope for the best. Democrats hold a super majority in the State Government right now, and as such they have cart blanche to pass any bills they want.

What do you think about this? Let us know in the comments.

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