California to Require Background Checks for Ammo – Should More States?
Do you support background checks for ammunition purchases?
by Countable | 6.26.19
What's the story?
- California, which already has some of the most stringent gun laws in the country, will now require background checks for all gun ammunition purchases.
What are people saying?
- “At the end of the day, it is a perverse fact: Guns don’t kill people. Unless a gun is used as a blunt instrument, a gun is not particularly dangerous,” Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) said Monday. “A gun requires a dangerous component and that’s ammunition.”
- “Ammunition is the oxygen that fuels the violence we see in our communities every single day and our law enforcement needs to know who’s buying it,” Senate Pro Tem Kevin De Leon (D) said.
“Our law enforcement needs to know who’s selling it.”
- “We have had a lot more bulk purchases starting as early as last week for people really scrambling to get as much ammunition,” The Guns Store co-operation manager Kellyn Skalko told FOX40. “It comes across as a bit more of a headache, a little bit more of a nuisance because a lot of people in the firearm industry don’t genuinely believe this is going to deter anything,” Skalko said.
“It’s just making it harder for people who already follow the laws.”
- Chuck Michel, an attorney for the National Rifle Association and its state affiliate, the California Rifle & Pistol Association, concurred.
“For retailers and the average recreational shooter, these new requirements are going to, at a minimum, create practical and financial problems and friction when trying to make a simple ammunition purchase, and they will do nothing to stop access by criminals who have so many other ways to get ammunition.”
What do you think?
Do you support background checks for ammunition? Should more states? Take action and tell your reps, then share your thoughts below.
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