Ammo Law

California Legislature Creates Important New Marketing Opportunities in Black Market Ammunition.

In the kind of irony only reality can generate, Arnold Swcharzenegger, muscle bound hero who blasted a million rounds of ammo on film, signed a bill making it more difficult to buy ammunition. Beginning in 2011, ammunition sellers in California will be required to get a signature, a thumbprint, and a photo ID, and they’ll have to keep records, which will be open to cops any time they want to see them.

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The bill supposes to cover only ammunition used in "handguns" but virtually every cartridge is chambered in a handgun save for some very large cases. Even the .223 is available in a handgun. Under the strictest interpretation nearly every cartridge would require the thumb print, and under any interpretation the humble .22 rimfire would be included.

That’s because guns are scary, and people who use and shoot guns are scary. Since the anti-Second Amendment people haven’t been as successful as they’d like at taking guns away (though they’ve done better than they should have) they are now trying to take ammunition away.

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The new law will have some pretty stupefying unintended consequences, but the biggest is that it will create a great new black market for ammunition.

Most guns and most ammunition are used by law abiding citizens who enjoy the right to keep and bear arms. That’s who this bill will effect most.
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The new paperwork requirements mean fewer stores will bother. Fewer stores means higher prices. The new requirement means a lot of gray area ex felons won’t be able to buy legal ammo. Between these two effects, the ammo black market will thrive.

Scary, and really filthy dirty, gun.   Backup photo

Congratulations to our legislators for stripping our rights with no real benefit, and for creating a whole new opportunity for criminal activity.


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