Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Schwarzenegger Caves on Ammo Regulation!

After vetoing three similar bills in recent years, California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has now signed a sweeping ammunition regulation bill saying he believes it will “promote public safety.” Regulating guns hasn’t worked, but suddenly regulating ammunition will? Yet again we see the politicians acting like they’re “doing something” rather than addressing the real problems leading to violence – largely in urban areas.

Given that this is California legislation, the provisions of the bill are fairly onerous:

  • All ammunition sales will have to be face-to-face.
  • The Law makes it a crime to knowingly sell or give ammunition to someone who cannot possess it legally, including felons, gang members and the mentally ill.
  • As of February 2011, all ammunition buyers will have to provide a driver's license or other state identification and a thumbprint.
The only “bright” spot in the legislation is that a provision that “would have required sellers of more than 50 rounds of ammunition a month to be licensed by the state” was stripped from the final bill.

Welcome to the new front in gun rights legislation. For years, those opposed to the right to self-defense have focused on outlawing firearms. Now that court case after court case has upheld the individual right to keep and bear arms, they’re going after other targets. Bloomberg has attacked FFL’s and now this is the first step in attacking ammunition. I expect that this law will eventually be challenged, but until then it will serve as a “model” to gun grabbers across the nation.

Until next time!!!


Micah said...

Ahhh....arrgh. Thanks for posting this. I was in L.A. all week last week and while on the phone with the TV on mute they were suddenly showing all this ammo and guns and I so wanted to hang up and hear what Arnie was talking about...now I know!

I hope this doesn't go nationwide.

Fingolfen said...

I think the rest of the country is becoming less willing to follow Kalifornia's lead at this point... hopefully the law will be struck down...