Sheriff Opposes New Ammunition Law

Jul 28, 2010 8:01 PM

Tehama County Sheriff Clay Parker is hoping a new law affecting the Second Amendment will get shot down. He was named the lead plaintiff in a civil suit that opposes Assembly Bill 962. The National Rifle Association filed the suit in June in Fresno Superior Court. The measure requires handgun ammunition buyers to register with the government. Sheriff Parker says the language on the bill is too broad. "What we're doing is asking the Attorney General to define what hand-gun ammunition is and until they do that, they want an injunction so this does not go into effect."

The new law would apply to ammunition for handguns and rifles, such as the .22 caliber. Under the law, buyers of handgun ammunition must provide identification and leave thumbprints with registered ammunition sellers. It will also restrict online sales, requiring purchases to be picked up at a licensed handgun ammunition store. Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signed the bill into law last fall. Assembly Member Kevin de Leon is the author. He says quote "this measure will help keep our communities safer. It will ensure that gang members and felons don't outright purchase handgun ammunition. Today any gang member can walk into any store and buy all the handgun ammunition they like, no questions asked. AB 962 will make sure that business owners who sell ammunition will cooperate with local law enforcement to make sure that only law abiding citizens purchase handgun ammunition."

Sheriff Parker disagrees. "My biggest argument is this does nothing what so ever to take ammunition out of the hands of criminals. All it does is once this bill is implemented, there's going to be a cost involved that will be passed on to law abiding citizens and it does nothing what so ever to stop crime."

The new law takes effect February 1st, 2011.


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