Backdoor Gun Control: Ammunition Background Checks and Permits Being Pushed by Lawmakers

If the California state legislature have its way, responsible gun owners will have to have a background check and permit to buy ammunition in the state.

“Anyone can walk into any gun store, a bait and tackle store, and purchase all the ammunition they want to, no questions asked,” Sen. Kevin de Leon (D), the bill’s lead sponsor, said in an interview with the Washington Post. “The ammunition is the fuel that feeds the violence. The gun itself, the handgun or the long gun or the high-powered weapon is the delivery device. The gas, the fuel, is the ammunition, and no one knows who buys it.”

Under Senate Bill 53, responsible gun owners would be required to submit personal information to the state, undergo a background check and pay a one-time, $50 fee before being allowed to buy ammunition. Their information would be stored in a state database controlled by the Justice Department and the individual would have to present photo ID at a gun store upon making an ammo purchase.

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If this bill becomes law, California will be the first state to have such a law pertaining to ammunition.

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I asked Constitutional Sheriff Brad Rogers about his thoughts on the proposed legislation.

“Those in favor of gun control have not been successful in their nation-wide efforts,” said Rogers. “Therefore, those same people are attempting to control guns through controlling ammunition. Any ammunition control, either through ineffective background checks or restrictions, is an attempt to bypass the 2nd Amendment of the U.S. Constitution that states the right will not be ‘infringed.’ This is just another attempt to keep firearms and ammunition out of the hands of law abiding citizens.”

Rogers made national news in 2011 when he notified the Justice Department attorney that if FDA agents tried to inspect a raw milk farm without a signed warrant, they would be arrested on trespassing charges.

Last year he made headlines by stating: “I will not allow gun confiscation in my county. I will not enforce any additional anti-gun laws.”

After the Newtown tragedy, California went on to pass some of the strictest gun laws in the country, including limiting the sale of high-capacity magazines and making it more difficult for the mentally ill to legally purchase a firearm.

Larry Pratt, executive director of Gun Owners of America, says that one of the ways gun owners can protect their 2nd Amendment rights is to actively recruit and elect sheriffs who will support and uphold the Constitution.

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