California proposes solution to ammo shortage crisis

Per the NRA-ILA

CALIFORNIA: Update on Pending Anti-Gun Legislation in the Golden State Last week, the Senate Appropriations Committee passed Assembly Bill 962 out of committee.  The bill will now move to the ammoSenate floor for a vote very soon.   AB962 would make it a crime to privately transfer more than 50 rounds of ammunition per month, even between family and friends, unless you are registered as a “handgun ammunition vendor” in the Department of Justice’s database.  Ammunition retailers would have to be licensed and store ammunition in such a manner that it would be inaccessible to purchasers.  The bill would also require purchasers to submit to fingerprints, which would be kept in dealers’ records and subject to inspection by the Department of Justice.  Lastly, mail order ammunition sales would be prohibited.


The above proposed legislation is very disturbing for a number of reasons. First, it would severely limit the 2nd Amendment rights of Californians.  Second, it’s purpose is clearly not to combat crime but to disarm the citizenry. Criminals do not need more than 50 rounds to conduct their heinous actions.  Only law-abiding citizens who engage in self-defense training and sporting activities require such quantities of ammo.

In fact, a limit of 600 rounds a year will essentially eliminate Californian’s right to participate in shooting sports.  One can easily expend a few hundred rounds in a single competitive event.

It is my belief and hope that this bill will fail to find support. But all Californians need to contact their elected officials and express their opposition.

This bill has also forced me to do some personal contemplation.  When is civil disobedience called for?  Many Americans engaged in civil disobedience during the 1800’s and assisted escaped slaves travel to the northern states – the so-called “Underground Railroad”.  I believe the passage of such a law would be a great infringement of the civil rights of Californians. I also believe it would be immoral and unconstitutional.  If such legislation was passed, would I sit by and do nothing?  Or would I be a part of the “underground ammo train” and engage in civil disobedience to aid my fellow Californians?  I think the latter…

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  1. He tends to “scare the white people,” but Mike Vanderboegh (at Sipsey Street Irregulars) just recently answered your question.

    When ammunition transfer/purchase limits are put in place, you have the one guy with a license buy a million rounds and BREAK THE LAW with a thousand cash transactions within his network.

    Then again, for those who are willing to engage in that level of ‘civil disobedience’ . . . it may give you pause to consider that the next step from there is either “shoot back” or “PMITA prison.”

  2. Letter to Arnold:

    As a former San Diego resident who remembers a much freer California from his childhood days. I am greatly bothered by the unreasonable controls that California is pursuing on it’s citizen’s freedom.

    Recently there has been talk of regulating the purchase of ammunition. Limiting it to 50 rounds a month. This is ridiculous and not even close to being reasonable. This proposed regulation will essentially eliminate sport shooting.

    I participate in a small local shooting competition here in Pennsylvania. Our league would be considered very small by national standards. I will usually expend 50 rounds in a single competition. If there is a mechanical failure of equipment that requires me to re-do the course, I’ll expend another 50 rounds. During league we have a competition each week. So we’re talking 200-250 rounds. Just to compete…

    Arnold, you’re a competitor. You understand competition. If the only time you ever lifted weights was on stage during tournaments – you’d have lost. No, you practiced, often….probably daily.

    Now I just do this for fun. But it easily equates to a few hundred rounds a month during league times. What I do is equivalent to “kicking the soccer ball around with friends at the park”. There are those who compete much more actively, they may go through more than a thousand rounds in a week.

    This regulation would essentially end the ability for my fellow Americans living in California to compete. And what would it accomplish? How many rounds does an L.A. gang-banger need to conduct a drive-by or gun down a rival gang member? One, two, five, ten, fifteen….at most thirty or so. As few magazines can hold more than that. And that’s still under the 50 round limit.

    This law will do NOTHING to reduce crime, Just reduce liberty. By this point, you might be wondering “Why someone in Pennsylvania would contact you. Or why I’d even care?”

    1. I have a fondness in my heart for California. In fact, I am still a Padres fan (might even be the only one east of the Mississippi.)

    2. I view this proposed regulation as a clear violation of our 2nd Amendment rights. And I am not going to stand aside and watch my fellow Americans lose their God/naturally-given rights.

    3. To let you know just how truly useless this law will be. Because I, and many others, view this law as immoral and unconstitutional. Not only do we believe that we do not need to recognize this law’s authority; we also believe we need to stand against it with civil disobedience.

    In other words Arnold, this means that if a friend of mine in California needs ammunition. I believe it is my patriotic duty to help them acquire it – against the mandates of this law. And if that means driving to Nevada and throwing a case of ammo across the border into California….so be it.

    And wouldn’t that be interesting. I will have broken no law. In fact, I will not have even entered CA. Meanwhile, my friend will not have purchased any ammunition. He will merely have stumbled across a box of ammo lying in the desert near the border of California & Nevada.

    What then….do you really want to waste precious resources trying to stop good, moral Americans from advocating their Constitutionally protected rights. Wouldn’t you rather expend the energy of law enforcement on stopping the numerous gang bangers in L.A.?

    And might I ask WHAT IN THE WORLD YOU GUYS ARE DOING trying to pass this legislation while the California budget is in shambles? The budget is in such a horrific state that California has been seeking billions in bailout money from the Federal government and issuing it’s citizens I.O.U.s. But somehow the California legislature has enough time to waste energy taking away the rights of their citizens. Don’t they have more important things to do?

    Rest assured if you pass this law, we who are outside your state will contact all of our Congressmen and oppose ANY and ALL attempts by California to sequester aid funds from the Federal government.

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