California’s New Ammunition Law Put On Hold — For Now


California State AssemblyIn California, “A Fresno County Superior Court judge has blocked a pending state law that would have required Californians to provide a thumbprint and photo identification when buying handgun ammunition,” the San Diego Union-Tribune reported.

According to Judge Jeffrey Hamilton, the law, which was scheduled to go into effect February 1, was “unconstitutionally vague.”

“Gun-rights groups had argued that some types of ammunition can be used in both handguns and rifles, making enforcement and compliance a challenge.   One of those making that case is Marc Halcon, owner of the American Shooting Center in San Diego.”

“When legislation is passed that doesn’t give clear guidance, you are making it much more difficult to make heads or tails of it,” said Halcon, who was also president of the California Association of Firearms.

That law would have, “imposed the strictest handgun ammunition purchase regulations of all states,” the Union-Tribune noted.  “It also would have required Californians buying handgun ammunition over the Internet or by mail order to have it shipped to a licensed vendor. There, buyers would still have to provide the thumbprint, ID and other information.

Dealers would have had to keep those records on who buys the ammunition, how much and which type for five years.”

Yet, as with so many things legal, Judge Hamilton’s ruling may only be a first step.  An appeal by the state’s attorney general appeared very likely.

SOURCE:  San Diego Union-Tribune 1/1911

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