Calif. governor calls for new federal law to enforce background checks on ammo sales

OAN Newsroom
UPDATED 9:29 AM PT — Wednesday, August 7, 2019

California Governor Gavin Newsom is calling for a federal law to be implemented regarding background checks on ammunition purchases. While speaking during a gun violence meeting with state leaders on Monday, Newsom said he would like to see other states follow suit on the proposal already put in place in California.

The law, enacted in the state back in July, requires ammunition dealers to run a buyer’s ID through the state’s “automated firearm system.” At the additional cost of $1 per purchase, the system would then alert the seller if a buyer has any felonies or convictions. The law was put into place due to the Democrat’s claims that ammunition is to blame for the mass shooting epidemic gripping the nation.

“Guns don’t kill people, guns require a dangerous component and that’s ammunition,” said Newsom. “And it’s interesting that we are debating background checks on guns, but we’re not debating background checks on their dangerous component.”

FILE – In this July 11, 2019 file photo, California Gov. Gavin Newsom talks with reporter’s at his office in Sacramento, Calif. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File )

However, as critics point out, the mass shooting in Gilroy, California is a prime example of the law failing to do its part. In response, gun rights activists have called the move an “unconstitutional scheme” infringing on their Second Amendment rights.

Local gun shop owners are also beginning to feel the brunt of the new law, claiming the system works on the buyer’s expense.

“If there is licensing fees or anything like that, obviously as a dealer we have to cover that. So, we would need to raise prices on ammunition.” 

— Nathan Woodward, gun vendor – Sacramento Black Rifle

Most recently, California’s Rifle and Pistol Association filed a motion to block the law from going into effect. Members have claimed their rights are at stake, but if California has its way those concerns may ripple across the rest of the country.