The Truth About California’s Ammo Laws

| January 9, 2017
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The truth about California’s ammo laws, is that they are complete bullshit. They don’t work, haven’t worked, will continue to not work, will make criminals of law abiding citizens, and infringe on the Second Amendment.

For the completely uninformed, California passed bill SB53 among a slew of other anti second amendment laws, requiring residents pay $50 and submit to a background check to acquire an ammo purchasing permit. Those who pass will be on a list of persons approved in the state of California to buy ammunition through Federally Licensed Firearms dealers only.

Firstly, around 40% of gun transactions in America won’t go through a background check. That’s not to say they are illegal transactions, they just may not have happened somewhere requiring the check. Like what commonly happens in a private sale in a free state, between friends, acquaintances, and family members.

California criminals have ready access to firearms trafficked into California, regardless of California’s best stupid efforts. If a criminal doesn’t acquire a firearm by this method, they can buy a gun on the black market. Such guns are often stolen guns, or foreign and reproduction ghost guns slipping through Customs and Border Control.

The unknown selection method for customs and border control ultimately allows between 95% and 97% of cargo to enter the country without inspection. That’s right, they only inspect 3% to 5% of cargo.

Gangs traffic guns from state to state, county to county, commit crimes, and make it very difficult to match ballistics to guns that law enforcement officers don’t know to look for and don’t know exist, or don’t exist because they have been resold and moved after a crime.

The loop holes, and violation of laws already on the books are what make criminals criminals. They simply disregard them. Old laws, and new laws don’t affect them, they just make it increasingly difficult and expensive for the law abiding citizen to exercise their second amendment right.

Add the extra $50 annually to buy ammo, the law abiding citizen will be limited in the number of rounds they can purchase, and soon will also have to abide by lead free ammo laws. For the completely ignorant, non-lead ammo is harder to acquire as the availability and production is limited, and averages double the price of lead ammo.

If I wanted to take my bolt action hunting rifle to the range before the hunting season and sight in a scope, shooting three lead free rounds would cost a $50 background check for the year + $2 per round. In the best scenario it takes 3 rounds to sight in a scope, but the realistic scenario is that you will go through a box of 20. That’s over $40 to ensure accuracy with lead free ammo. For a total of $90. Without the background and lead free ammo, it would cost me $21 dollars. Such costs will push otherwise law abiding citizens to buy ammo across borders and traffic it back.

If all liberals had to pay $50 annually to express their opinions, and even more restrictions and costs were placed on what was allowed to be said and how large the audience, the hippy dippies would undoubtedly cry in their safe spaces about their first amendment rights being violated.

Gang violence will not be curbed, mental health will not improve, and criminals will not comply with any gun or ammo law. They have no regard for them, never have, and never will. Getting tougher on criminals might do the trick, but California would rather harbor illegal aliens, house them in local jails at the cost of the taxpayer, or release them onto the streets at the safety of law abiding citizens.

The laws that California passed regarding ‘assault rifles’, ‘illegal features’, magazines, and now ammunition, are clear violations of the Second Amendment, “…the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.”.

California identifying ‘features’ of firearms as being dangerous to its citizens and therefore making specific ‘evil guns’ illegal for California ownership and possession, is a method of circumventing federal and constitutional laws protecting citizens’ rights to bear arms, and makes criminals out of good people.

Such circumventing is not clever, nor is it effective. Other states with similar bans, voluntary gun registrations, and forfeitures, have proven that second amendment advocates and gun owners will not comply with state laws that clearly violate their second amendment rights.

The end result is angry ‘non-compliant’ law abiding citizens and gun owners facing a higher cost of freedom, infringed amendment rights, citizens possibly being charged as criminals, a false sense of safety among the liberal idiots that voted for this crap legislation, and crimes that will continue to be perpetrated by criminals unencumbered by any new law.

The disillusion will be clear to even the most ignorant anti second amendment liberal, when they are the victim of a crime, and the only recourse is to be a victim and wait for law enforcement to show up with guns.

That is the real truth about California’s gun laws, the folks writing and passing this crap probably know it too, but are more concerned with looking like they did something for their liberal voter base, collecting more taxes and fees to piss away on failed budgeting, and looking like they are tough on crime. Its the political move for votes, nothing more. Whereas the most beneficial move to the public would be to enforce laws already on the books, and treat criminals like criminals, not make new criminals out of law abiding citizens that prefer not to be victims.

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