California Senate approves 8 gun control bills, including ammo registry

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Although it can’t be positively confirmed, though maybe it’s just self-evident, a majority of state senators in the Golden State are itching to push through their pro-gun control agenda, approving at least seven bills on Wednesday that further restrict the rights of law-abiding gun owners, including one bill that would set up an ammo registry.

That’s correct, under Senate Bill 53, responsible gun owners would be required to submit personal information to the state, undergo a background check and pay a $50 fee before being allowed to buy ammunition. Their information would be stored in a state database controlled by the Justice Department and the individual would have to present photo ID at a gun store upon making an ammo purchase.

Additionally, gun dealers and ammo vendors would be required to obtain special permits to sell ammunition.  Those gun owners or gun dealers/ammo vendors who fail to follow the law would face misdemeanor charges.

Excerpt from SB 53:

(1) Existing law requires the Attorney General to maintain records, including among other things, fingerprints, licenses to carry concealed firearms, and information from firearms dealers pertaining to firearms, for purposes of assisting in the investigation of crimes, and specified civil actions.

This bill would require the Attorney General to also maintain copies of ammunition purchase permits, information about ammunition transactions, as specified, and ammunition vendor licenses, as specified, for those purposes.

Sen. Kevin De Leon (D-Los Angeles), the bill’s sponsor, spoke to the LA Times about the objective of SB 53, which according to him is “to ensure that criminals and other dangerous individuals cannot purchase ammunition in the state of California.”

“To purchase a product that has the potential to maim or kill another human being you can (now) walk into a gun store, no questions asked,” he continued. “I think that’s a little outrageous.”

However, not everyone in the state Senate voted for the measure, which passed by a vote of 22-14. Sen. Jim Nielsen (R-Gerber), one of the bill’s staunchest opponents, believes that it’s a huge government overreach.

“We are criminalizing legal, historic behavior in the state of California and putting onerous burdens and regulations and requirements on law-abiding citizens,” Nielsen told the LA Times.

As for the other bills the Senate approved, they include (Sources: NRA-ILA/USA Today/Opposing Views):

SB 374, which as the NRA-ILA noted, essentially bans the sale, purchase and manufacture of virtually all semi-automatic rimfire and centerfire rifles that do not have a fixed magazine and requires those who currently own such firearms (so called ‘assault weapons’) to register them with the state.

SB 396, a ban on standard capacity magazines that hold more than 10 rounds.

SB 47, a bill that places onerous restrictions on “bullet buttons.”

SB 567, a bill that would reclassify certain shotguns as :assault weapons.”

SB 683, a bill that would require all gun buyers to take a firearm-safety certificate class.

SB 755, which would expand crimes that would result in a 10-year ban on owning or buying firearms. Additions include drug- and alcohol-related offenses, hazing, violations of protective orders and court-ordered mental health treatment.

“We all can recite the horrific acts that have occurred in our country over the last year,” Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento), said after the bills were approved. “These bills attempt to respond to those well publicized tragedies and many more that go unpublicized.”

It should also be noted that on Tuesday, yesterday, the state Senate also approved a SB 108, which would require all gun owners to keep their firearms under lock and key whenever they leave their property.

“A gun is left on a dresser, a kitchen table, and the responsible adult is not there. And somehow a child picks it up, plays with it, and does harm to him- or herself,” said Senator Leland Yee (D-San Francisco), who touted the bill as a way to reduce accidental gun deaths involving children.

Gun owners who fail to secure or safely store their firearms while absent from their home will be liable should anything happen.

All of these bills will now head over to the California State Assembly for consideration.

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  • Anonymous

    All this will do is put California-based ammo dealers out of business. Does these bills apply to LEOs as well?

  • Anonymous

    When will the people of Kalifornia rise up and say “enough is enough”. It’s already happening elsewhere in the world…..

  • RougeCoyote

    Why in the world would anybody want to live in that state.

    • jlw

      Have you ever been there??? My God, if it weren’t for all the crazy statist and criminals, I’d move there in a second. It’s absolutely beautiful.

  • Blatantly unconditional. Their just asking for a revolution, or uprising, and I’m praying for one !!!

  • Unconstitutional it supposed to say, damn spell check..

  • S.Lynn

    Thank God my escrow closes soon out of this craptastic state. Can’t wait to GTF outta here.

  • Andy

    These people that voted for the politicians they got what they deserve,but the ones that didn’t I wish them luck,to where they can some way move out of the People’s Democratic Republic of Kalifornia.This is how a lot of this nation will turn out if the Immigration bill in the Senate gets passed in the House,as most of the illegals vote for the Democrats in the countries that they are from.So who do you think they will vote for here,as the illegals want the government handouts so they don’t have to work.Most gun control legislation comes from the Democrats also,so if you have the majority in power then you get social laws and gun control.Plus the state of Kalifornia is almost broke due to their social programs and corruption,and they need the money from all of the taxes and fee’s on gun control legislation.Be prepared and ready.Keep your powder dry.

  • BlackDog

    How about we ban guns in movies, too? That would sure go a long way to make the case for fair and impartial legislation…and kill the California Movie Industry OVER-FRICKIN’-NIGHT! So whatdaya say, Kevin?

  • JustME

    Businesses can fail, customers just stop showing up and paying for product. States can fail too. What do you want to bet that law abiding gun owners pay more taxes and have jobs than the gun banners? Just leave, after the fact, as they fail, when they fail, they will get it. Of course, you can always stay and become part of the problem. California is not a working proposition fiscally, morally or socially. It will fail as a State.