California Lawmaker Moves to Suspend Gun, Ammo Sales Indefinitely
By Chris Eger
A state lawmaker is urging California’s governor to close the state’s gun and ammo shops to the general public. (Photo: Chris Eger/Guns.com)
A Democratic California Assemblymember is reportedly urging Gov. Gavin Newsom to order a halt to the sale of guns and ammunition in the state.
The lawmaker, Asm. Miguel Santiago, D-East Los Angeles, this week penned a letter to Newsom asking the fellow Decmorat to freeze the sale of firearms and ammo statewide. There is no suggested end-date for the move.
“Thank you for the work that you and your administration have been doing to face down the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Santiago. “I am writing today to urge you to enact a statewide suspension of firearm and ammunition sales, with an exception for law enforcement and authorized peace officers.”
Santiago argued in his plea to Newsom that the recent surge in the purchase of guns and ammo is panic-buying much akin to the rush on household items, cleaning supplies, and personal protective gear, but contends, “While personal safety is extremely important during these challenges times, so is public safety.”
Among the reasons stated for such a freeze on the sale of items associated with the right to keep and bear arms is that “An