Ammunition Bill Passes Committee Vote

Published On : 4/3/2013 9:10 AM
By : Ben Adler
From : CCN
Categories : Local, State

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Anyone selling ammunition in California would have to obtain a license under a proposal moving through the state legislature. A bill that would place tough new restrictions on ammunition purchases in California has passed its first committee vote in the state legislature. But as Ben Adler reports from Sacramento, opponents say the way it’s currently written could prevent parents from teaching their children how to shoot.

Assembly member Nancy Skinner says her bill places reasonable restrictions on ammunition purchases:

“First, bullets would only be sold by licensed dealers. Now, they’re sold pretty much anywhere. Second, you show your ID.”

And third, the record of your purchase would be sent to the California Department of Justice, which would check to make sure you’re not on their watch list of people who shouldn’t own guns.

But Sam Paredes with Gun Owners of California says the measure could have some far-reaching unintended consequences:

“if I as a father take my son out to go shooting and I give him ammunition, I am not an authorized ammunition dealer, I would be in violation of law and my son would be in violation of the law.”

The author says she’s willing to amend her bill to address the issue.

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