By Stephen Frank, California Political News and Views
In California you have to go through a background check to buy a gun. That is the law in the nation as well. But, we have a new hoop to jump through—to buy ammunition you also need to pass a background check. Get a “restraining order” from a spouse in a divorce fight and you might not be allowed to get ammunition. Have a beef with a neighbor and they complain to the cops—you can lose your right to buy ammunition. The bad news is that like drugs, government is now forcing the creation of illicit sales of ammunition. And, since these folks have little overhead and NO taxes, the cost will be much lower. Just like most pot sales in California are still outside the law, ammunition will go the same way—harming legitimate gun shops.
“Zachary Berg usually buys guns and ammunition with relative ease. After all, he’s a Sutter County sheriff’s deputy and needs them for his job. California’s stringent gun laws usually don’t apply to him.
But Berg couldn’t buy shotgun shells at his local hardware store in Yuba City prior to a duck hunting trip last month. He was rejected under California’s stringent ammunition background check program that took effect July 1, because his personal information didn’t match what state officials had in their database.
Berg was one of tens of thousands of Californians who have been turned away from buying ammunition at firearms and sporting goods stores, even though they appear to be lawfully able to do so, a Sacramento Bee review of state data shows. Between July 1 and November, nearly 1 in every 5 ammunition purchases was rejected by the California Department of Justice, the figures show.
Feel safe in California? Then you are not paying attention. On your next visit to Arizona or Nevada, get your ammunition—it is cheaper, taxes lower and no phony government efforts to stop you.
Stephen Frank: Is the the publisher and editor of the California Political News and Views. Mr. Frank speaks all over California and appears as a guest on several radio shows each week. He has also served as a guest host on radio talk shows and is a full time political consultant. http://capoliticalnews.com/