California gun-control bill targets ammunition
SACRAMENTO (KABC) -- Lawmakers are taking aim at ammunition sales in the state. Tuesday a safety committee approved a bill calling for stricter ammo sales laws. The bill is in response to the deadly school shooting in Connecticut.
The deadly shooting at Sandy Hook is the motivation behind a rush of gun-control measures moving quickly through the California State Legislature.
The Assembly Public Safety Committee approved what's called the "Bulletproofing Communities" bill, which aims for tighter controls of ammunition sales in the state:
- It requires the sale or transfer of all bullets be done by only licensed dealers.
- That all buyers must present ID.
- Sales records will be transmitted to the California Department of Justice, which will notify law enforcement of anyone purchasing more than 3,000 rounds within five days.
- Assembly Bill 48 would also ban conversion kits which allow guns to fire more bullets without reloading.
Assemblywoman Nancy Skinner (D-Berkeley) argues the state has similar restrictions on other products.
"Why is it easier now to buy bullets than to buy alcohol, cigarettes and Sudafed?" said Skinner.
The gun lobby has geared up to fight the more than four dozen proposals introduced in Sacramento since Sandy Hook.
Members feel the Skinner bill would prevent Boy Scouts, for example, from earning shooting merit badges because someone else cannot provide the bullets, and even parents could get in trouble.
"I take my daughter to the firing range to teach her how to use a legally owned firearm and by handing her a magazine with ammunition in it, I am now in violation of the law, and she is now in violation of the law," said Craig DeLuz, California Association of Federal Firearms Licensees.
Gun owners think the ammo-sale restrictions will cause an even greater demand for bullets, which have been hard to come by as the chorus of gun control laws grew louder in the aftermath of Sandy Hook.
"People are buying it as quickly as they were bringing it in because they're concerned about what the future will be," said Tom Pedersen, a lobbyist for the California Rifle and Pistol Association. "So they've actually created a situation where more ammunition and firearms are being sold in California."
"It seems to me, reasonable safeguards on bullets, the very thing that makes a gun deadly, is important," said Assemblymember Skinner.
The ammunition bill now heads to the Appropriations Committee. Both sides of the debate are courting moderate Democrats who could swing either way on any of gun-control measures.
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