California Bullet Control Misfire Gives Ammo for Legal Challenge
By Chris Eger
California’s Prop.63 requires background checks on all ammo sales, and is the current subject of a lawsuit by an Olympic gold medalist and pro-gun groups. (Photo: Chris Eger/Guns.com)
With reported widespread glitches and bugs in California’s new bullet control plan, Second Amendment groups are promising to soon see the state in court. Gov. Gavin Newsom’s Proposition 63, which among other tenets requires a background check on every ammunition sale in California, kicked fully into effect this week and in many cases left a bad taste in the mouths of would-be ammo buyers.
The Associated Press reported long lines at gun stores and confusion about the new regulations along with delays and frustration. One gun owner documented his experience being denied the opportunity to attempt a check even though he had a current California driver’s license and U.S. passport. Such problems, say gun advocates, cues up the new law for a legal challenge.
“Newsom’s Prop 63 law is a business killing nightmare and a red-tape charade that is useless as a crime prevention measure,” said Chuck Michel, California Rifle & Pistol Association president. “This law puts a ridiculously excessive burden on Second Amendment rights and was designed to make it practically impossible for gun stores