Bullet bill shoots from committee
April 3, 2013
Ammunition sales in this state would be more tightly regulated under provisions of a bill passing its first committee test Tuesday. (Sacramento Bee)
Attempting to increase what she called “reasonable safeguards” on the purchase of ammunition, Assemblywoman Nancy Skinner, D-Berkeley, asked members of the Assembly Public Safety Committee, “”Why is it easier now to buy bullets than alcohol, cigarettes, or Sudafed?”
The committee passed the bill, AB 48, on a 5-2 vote supported only by Democrats.
Among other provisions, the proposed legislation would require sellers to be licensed and purchasers to provide identification.
The Department of Justice would be required to notify appropriate local police officials of large-quantity purchases of more than 3,000 rounds in a five-day period — except when bought by law enforcement personnel.
And failure to make the required report or knowingly making a report with false or fictitious information would be a misdemeanor.
Firearms groups oppose the plan, partly on assertions that parents would be prohibited from giving their children ammunition for a shooting range, and Boy Scout merit badges would be adversely affected.
Skinner asked opponents if amendments would take care of their concerns. One espoused by saying he has 10 pages of what he called “deficiencies” in the bill.