Gun-hating CA adds background checks for ammo

Tuesday, July 2, 2019
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Chris Woodward (OneNewsNow.com)

AR-15 ammoThe state of California is no fan of gun owners and the Second Amendment, and now purchasing ammunition has become a hassle, too.

A state law that kicked in July 1 requires a background check for every ammunition purchase, including a processing fee of $1 and a one-time $20 fee if the buyer’s information is not on record, USA Today reported this week.

California became the first state to pass such a restriction on ammunition when the law took effect.

The new ammo purchase law, which mirrors the state’s restrictive gun sales, keeps guns and ammunition “out of the wrong hands,” Gov. Gavin Newsom suggested in a 2016 op-ed.

"It's highly problematic and concerning," warns Michael Findlay, a spokesman for the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF). "The problem with this law particularly is there is really no ability for somebody who is an out-of-state resident to go through a ‘background check’ within California. So if you want to hunt within the state of California, and you don't have a California ID because you're not a resident, there's very few ways to get ammunition in the state."

That, says Findlay, will have a negative impact on wildlife conservation funding, as the 1937 Pittman-Robertson Act says revenues generated from things involving firearms are appointed to state wildlife agencies for their conservation efforts.

Findlay therefore predicts a “huge decline” in out-of-state hunters followed by a drop in state revenue.

Californians can purchase ammunition from a business in another state --- at least for now --- but they cannot legally bring it back into the state. That means that a Northern California resident who crosses the state line and buys a box of ammunition in Oregon becomes a criminal by returning home.

“That would be illegal,” Findlay points out.

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