Democrat legislators across the nation have mounted increasing attacks on gun ownership rights over the past several years in an ostensible effort to curb violence. Opponents of such measures, however, contend they will only embolden criminals who, by their very nature, have no qualms about disregarding the law.
The National Rifle Association’s Institute for Legislative Action is speaking out against a California bill that lobbyists believe places an undue burden on law-abiding gun owners. According to a statement the institute released recently, Senate Bill 53 would allow Eric Holder’s Justice Department to collect and retain significant information regarding all legal purchases of ammunition.
According to the report, this bill would force any American wishing to purchase ammunition to allow the DOJ to archive his or her fingerprints and perform a background check in addition to collecting a fee. The financial obligation would be recurring, the ILA explained, as the ammunition purchaser permit would have to be renewed biennially.
Furthermore, the bill would reportedly quash all such transactions – including ammunition used for hunting and in collections – that take place online or via mail delivery.
By creating a federal registry of all ammunition owners, the ILA concluded that SB 53 “would impose drastic and unjustified restrictions on law-abiding gun owners while doing nothing to reduce violent crime.”
In its call for Second Amendment supporters to contact California legislators, the ILA included a few key points revealing the perceived fallacy of this bill’s mandates. First and foremost, the institute explained, Congress abolished the registration of ammunition in 1986 when lawmakers passed the Firearms Owners Protection Act.
The California Assembly passed a bill in 2009 that would similarly regulate ammunition sales. Despite the fact that AB 962 was subsequently signed into law, it has not been enacted because of a pending state Supreme Court lawsuit.
Even Gov. Jerry Brown stated that, until that legal challenge is resolved, state legislators should not consider any alternative path toward ammunition registration.
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