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California Ammo Registry Proposed

Law Shield wants to alert our members about a particularly bad anti-gun bill moving in the California state senate. California often rolls out legislation that becomes a template for gun grabbers in other states, and it’s our hope that this can be stopped.

Senate Bill 53 would require individuals that wanted to purchase ammunition to register with the California Department of Justice (DOJ) prior to purchasing any ammunition. This registration would require the submission of fingerprints, a background check and fees to the DOJ.

Once registered, under SB 53, after purchasing ammo vendors would be required to collect and report the personal consumer information of the purchaser throughout the state. It would effectively ban online and mail-order sales of all ammunition, including hunting and collectible ammunition. Essentially, SB 53 would require anyone wishing to exercise a fundamental right to keep and bear arms to obtain a costly ammunition purchaser permit that must be renewed every two years.

If our members know California residents who support the 2nd Amendment, please make sure they’re aware of SB 53 and will take steps to oppose it. They can contact their state legislator here; talking points to oppose SB 53 when talking to or e-mailing state assembly representatives:

  • Ammunition registration was repealed by Congress as part of the Firearms Owners Protection Act of 1986.
  • SB 53 imposes identical restrictions on “handgun” ammunition to those contained in AB962. Signed into law in 2009, AB 962 has yet to be enforced due to the pending lawsuit Parker v. California in the California Supreme Court.
  • In 2011, Governor Brown vetoed similar legislation sponsored by Senator de Leon. Governor Brown instructed that another ammunition registration bill should not be considered prior to the resolution of Parker v. California.

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