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California Lt. Gov. Pushes Background Checks for Ammunition Initiative

October 19, 2015  | 

Newsom is pushing for background checks for the purchase of ammunition. (Photo: File)
Newsom is pushing for background checks for the purchase of ammunition. (Photo: File)

California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom and a group of activists announced their intention Thursday to put a tough firearms-control measure on California's ballot next year aimed at requiring background checks for ammunition purchases and forcing gun owners to give up large-capacity magazines.

Newsom's measure would require owners to turn the outlawed magazines into police for destruction, sell them to a licensed firearms dealer or move them out of the state -- just as San Francisco supervisors and Sunnyvale voters chose to require in 2013. New York, New Jersey, Hawaii and the District of Columbia also have such laws.

The measure also would require licensing of ammunition sellers and instantaneous point-of-sale background checks for all ammunition purchases to weed out those convicted of a felony or a violent misdemeanor, those with restraining orders against them or those declared dangerously mentally ill.

No other state requires background checks for ammunition purchases, the San Jose Mercury News reports.

The measure would also require firearm owners to notify law enforcement if their firearm has been lost or stolen. Eleven states and the city of Sacramento already require this, but Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed bills to do just that in 2012 and 2013.

Newsom and gun-control groups will need signatures from 365,880 registered voters to place the initiative on the November 2016 ballot, which will likely be full of other controversial and costly measures, including proposals to legalize recreational marijuana, raise the tobacco tax and overturn the state's ban on single-use plastic grocery bags.


Comments (5)

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UncleMike @ 10/19/2015 4:17 PM

I can see all of the thugs lining up to turn in their hi cap magazines and fill out the forms to buy ammo.
Someone needs to pull those Cali Liberal's heads out of their rear ends and give them a dose of real life without their drug induced mental fog getting in the way.

Tom Ret @ 10/20/2015 7:22 AM

Of course illegals will not be prosecuted, deported or jailed. These laws are only for law abiding citizens who don't want to get in trouble. It wouldn't surprise me if they got the required signatures from illegals as there seems to be very little difference in the minds of these liberal goof balls like Newsom. The liberals don't get it and they never will and California politicians like Newsom are a special kind of stupid. Newsom apparently can't fathom that criminals will not obey gun laws.

Elvis @ 10/21/2015 7:08 AM

The stupidity is sickening and just keeps on growing by all these dummy anti gunners and corrupt loser politicians. They will never understand criminals don't follow laws . Forcing to good people to turn in their legally owned hi cap mags or else is going to cause a civil war against government. Yep go ahead fill up the jails with goid people righteous gun owners and what will happen when good people refuse to turn in their mags. They will the police and then things will get ugly. Dumbbell retard politicians. Vote for Trump.

Tom @ 10/21/2015 8:27 AM

What else can you expect from the land of "Fruits and nuts". The left coast has always been one of the first places in the USA to attempt all of these social experiments, that will make us "safer". Instead of making the ammo harder to get, how about dealing with those that use firearms (and the ammo that goes in them) in a criminal matter. You know the old fashioned idea of putting them in jail. Oh, that's right, it would not make California seem all warm and fuzzy. Would it ?

ResAgentSWA @ 10/21/2015 10:56 AM

I thank God daily that I live in Texas.

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