In California on October 11 2009, Gov. Schwarzenegger signed Assembly Bill 962 into law. For those of you who do not know, a portion of this law becomes effective February 1, 2011 which requires anybody purchasing handgun ammunition in California to register with the state. Those of us in California will have to provide our name, address, date of birth, and right thumbprint to the seller in order to lawfully purchase ammo. Because of this registration process, all transactions must be conducted in person, so mail order sales will be banned.
Initially, there may be some benefit to shooter's in other States. According to the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), California consumers purchase about 12% of the ammo purchased in the US Market annually (approximately 1.2 billion rounds of ammo). Because many companies who ship ammo to purchasers in CA will discontinue services, this may create lower supplies within CA, effectively increasing prices within our state. This may also cause an increase in supply to the rest of the US which may temporarily decrease prices to the rest of the US.
There is a prospective drawback for the rest of the gun enthusiasts. I urge you all to keep an eye on your local legislature because California is often considered a testing ground for state laws. If a law passes in a State, a law gains a certain amount of validity by its very existence. Law professionals refer to this as "precedence, established doctrine and legal doctrine.” Whether the law is effective or not, if a law becomes established doctrine in one state, a law becomes a credible reference point for those seeking to enact the law in another state.
The NRA has not been effective in preventing this or other similar gun laws here in California, so I recommend that you do not just sit back and pay your NRA dues. Please keep an eye on your local legislators to protect your rights.
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