Bullet bill shoots from committee

April 3, 2013

bulletsAmmunition 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.


28 Comments

  1. Citizen says:

    Most of the gun control laws being proposed today have nothing to do with preventing crime or keeping guns out of the hands of criminals or the mentally ill. They serve to keep guns and ammunition out of the hands of regular citizens. In fact, many of the policies of the federal government (lack of border control) work against public safety and allow criminals with guns and drugs to enter the US on a daily basis.

    Federal policies on mental hospitals are the reason so many of the ASH staff are now subject to injury. Federal policies are responsible for the early parole of thousands of prisoners in our state because the prisons were “overcrowded”. Leftist mayors such as Bloomberg ( Rep.) and Rohm Emanuel (Dem) address crime by passing gun control laws, and if the criminals take over half the city, then too bad. They and the cooperative leftist media are unconcerned about crime. The Chicago Tribune published this consoling remark, “Chicago violence has been a perplexing problem for Emanuel and McCarthy (police chief)” but is careful not to blame Rahm Emanuel for the crime spike in Chicago under his reign.

    I don’t think that most Americans, Democrats or Republicans, support the government shift from stopping crime and criminals to “controlling” and limiting the protections of law abiding citizens while subjecting us to more dangerous situations and criminals on the streets.

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    • r0y says:

      “I don’t think that most Americans, Democrats or Republicans, support the government shift from stopping crime and criminals to “controlling” and limiting the protections of law abiding citizens while subjecting us to more dangerous situations and criminals on the streets.”

      I agree, from my own circle of friends, I’ve had more people from the left show greater concern than those on the right. To be fair, it was more of a shock how far we’re going to those on the left than the right, for this issue.

      The NRA does support Democrat candidates, provided they are pro-gun. Say what you will about the NRA, but they are honest in where they stand – like PETA. I respect honest “special interests” – neither PETA nor the NRA hide who they are or what they want.

      Anyway, the best I can report from my experiences is that more and more people are understanding there is a “narrative” being laid out before them from the media, and are really waking up to it and questioning it. I think this whole “we must do something NOW to save children” is no longer having the impact it once did. People inherently do not trust the government (if you didn’t trust Bush and Chenny, how can you trust Obama and Biden when they have just doubled-down on the evils and crimes that Bush/Chenny were accused of?).

      There are still a lot of “low information” voters out there, who just want to be safe – but not realizing that sacrificing their freedom may not be the best path to safety.

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  2. doggin says:

    “”Why is it easier now to buy bullets than alcohol, cigarettes, or Sudafed” ?
    Water is easier to buy than pills too. No water to wash down the pill, no gun to shoot bullets, both pointless. Why is it a person who isn’t even a American citizen who broke our laws to get here gets American tax dollars,medical,school for kids bla,bla,bla. Because you and yours said its OK?

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    • r0y says:

      I don’t know where that imbecile Nancy Skinner shops, but I can get booze, cigz, and sudafed in my grocery store, convenience store, and many general stores. I cannot get bullets in any of those.

      Sometimes I wonder what planet these fools are from? Who are their constituents. Really? It’s easier to get bullets than cigarettes? Really? With no one challenging them (read: media in the pocket & low-info/unconcerned constituents) these freaks spout whatever they want and figure no one really listens. At least if there’s a D after their name. Repubs are a bit more scrutinized in their idiocy.

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