September 3rd, 2014

Ammunition Registration Bill Fails in California Assembly

Sportsmen, gun owners, and retailers in California scored a major victory on August 30, 2014 as the California Assembly failed to muster the votes needed to pass SB 53, a bill that would require the registration of all persons purchasing ammunition. (The Assembly vote was 35 Yes, 35 No, and 9 abstain — insufficent to pass the bill.)

SB 53 ammo ammunition registration California De Leon

The proposed law would have required firearms retailers to pass buyer ID information to state authorities for all ammunition purchases made in the state. The bill’s author, Sen. Kevin de Leon (D), California’s next State Senate president, originally proposed that those buying ammunition be required to obtain a state permit and undergo a background check before each ammunition purchase. The bill was amended numerous times in an attempt to force passage and the final version that failed would have required ammunition sellers to provide information on purchasers to the state Department of Justice (DOJ) after the fact, including buyer name, address and date of birth, in addition to the date of the sale, brand, ammunition type and quantity.

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