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…

Published in: on September 7, 2009 at 5:19 pm  Comments (2)  
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