Background checks required to buy ammunition in California

By Whitney Tipton

Ammunition purchases in California require a background check, according to a state law that took effect Monday.

California voters passed Proposition 63 in November 2016, making California the first state in the country to require all buyers to go through background checks for the purchase of ammunition, according to USA Today.

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Californians must pass a point-of-sale background check every time they purchase ammunition. In addition, ammunition sales must take place in person.

“This is about preventing all forms of gun violence and ensuring we’re doing everything we can, through a second-long background check, to ensure that people with the most significant histories of criminal violence, or severe mental health impairments, are not able to access [guns],” said Ari Freilich, legislative affairs director for San Francisco’s Giffords Law Center.

“The biggest question on people’s minds is what the process is going to be like, and how burdened someone’s going to be,” Alexander Reyes, owner of the Martin B. Retting gun shop in Culver City, California, told USA Today.

Californians must pass a point-of-sale background check every time they purchase ammunition. In addition, ammunition sales must take place in person. If gun owners buy ammunition online, it must be shipped to a gun shop for pickup, where they will must undergo a background check.

If the customer’s background information is not already available in the Department of Justice database, they will have to pay $20 for their first check, which may take additional time to process. Future checks will only add $1 for additional ammunition purchases.

Some gun owners say the new restrictions will drive them to purchase ammunition in other states, reducing the revenue of California ammunition sales.

“To me, it’s just a way for the government to make more money … people are gonna go other places to get what they need,” gun owner Kevin McGlothan of Compton told USA Today.

“They’re going to get it regardless, they’re just going to go a different way and cut the little man out,” McGlothan added.

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5 thoughts on “Background checks required to buy ammunition in California

  1. Better they have background checks on recipients of any form of state government aid. They’d save a ton of money. But on second thought, they most likely will give all the dead beats a pass. So what else is new in California?

  2. You can bet your bottom dollar the progressive retards in Montpeculiar are paying attention to this, and we’re likely to see something similar in the next couple of years. Prepare accordingly.

  3. More restriction on the 2nd from the dead gray matter of leftards brain’s.
    commifornia stupid at it’s best. They make the streets more unsafe and
    the ability of people to protect themselves more restrictive. Of course they
    have already solved all the problems people are stampeding out of state
    because of. Cali stupid is a special kind of Stupid.. bulk buying across
    state lines, Reloads, more people leaving. that’s the end result.

  4. “What a bunch of Idiots, all this means is that gun owners in” LaLa Land ” will have already
    have stocked up ” That’s My Guess ” or traveled to a bordering state or started reloading.”

    If Commiefornians who enjoys shooting or shoots competitively and hasn’t already taken up reloading,now would be the time to do so.

    The totalitarian Leftist legislators of the several states never understand freedom will find a way,whether it’s going out of state or people visiting Commiefornia,although I can’t fathom why,can bring ammunition with them and decide to gift it to whom ever they wish.

    What the state has done is create a black market for ammunition and they are to damn dumb to realize it.

    When our fore fathers in Concord and Lexington heeded the call,it was to prevent the kings army from confiscating their arms and powder,ammunition also falls with in the purview of the 2 nd. amendment and Shall Not Be Infringed upon

  5. What a bunch of Idiots, all this means is that gun owners in” LaLa Land ” will have already
    have stocked up ” That’s My Guess ” or traveled to a bordering state or started reloading.

    One would think these fools, who keep trying to find a way to stop law-abiding citizens from
    using their Second Amendment Right, are already two steps ahead of this BS.

    Oh yeah, criminals, the ones ” they ” should fear, will just pick up their ammo from the local
    black market supplier as before.

    Liberals, Let me know what this will accomplish to stop crime ……….yup Idiots.

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