California's Ammunition Background Check Law Is Now In Effect...And It's Already A Mess

Posted: Jul 04, 2019 1:45 PM
California's Ammunition Background Check Law Is Now In Effect...And It's Already A Mess

Source: AP Photo/Keith Srakocic

California is where rights go to die. It’s where freedom goes to die. It’s one massive blue state cesspool. Thanks to liberals, it could become the nation’s first third-world state. Los Angeles and other cities are loaded with homelessness. LA City Hall is reportedly flea-infested; one police station was docked over its unsanitary conditions. Typhus has become a problem. The state recently expanded health care benefits to illegals. It’s everything you’d think would happen when the governing body is virtually a single-party state. 

And with Democrats controlling everything, the Second Amendment has been consistently in the crosshairs. The state has some of the most stringent anti-gun laws on the books. Even more went into effect this year, including one that requires a background check on ammunition. Smart people stockpiled prior to the law going into effect this week. Those who didn’t, or those who did but decided to bite the bullet and buy more, found themselves at the mercy of a system that, well, just didn’t’ work—literally. And it’s befitting that a trash state law couldn’t get its trash database working, providing a good reason for Second Amendment groups to continue their pursuit of an injunction (via ABC News):

California's new ammunition background check law began Monday not with a bang but with a whimper from dealers who reported delays and glitches with the state's online system.

But they said few customers were affected because most had stockpiled bullets or shotgun shells in the weeks before the new law took effect.

Voters in 2016 approved requiring criminal background checks for every ammunition purchase. But the state's latest attempt to deter gun violence only took effect Monday.

Vendors the length of California were frustrated by online snags including their inability to readily log in to the new system that is supposed to let them background-check customers with the state, though some put it down to a predictable learning curve.

Chuck Michel, an attorney for the National Rifle Association and the affiliated California Rifle & Pistol Association, said he will soon cite the glitches in seeking an injunction to block the law. The California affiliate sued last year, maintaining that the new law violates the Second Amendment right to bear arms, impedes interstate commerce and is pre-empted by federal law.


The state system is supposed to crosscheck one database of people who already cleared background checks when they bought guns in California with a second database of those who bought guns legally but are no longer allowed to own them. The process should take about two minutes, the department…

Customers pay $1 for the check. Those who pass get their ammo after clerks record the brand, type and amount of ammunition.

This law is absurd, so let’s hope the legal system can sort it out. And by that, I mean strike it down completely. 

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