California Gun Law ~ Fingerprints Required To Buy Ammo

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Real Estate Agent with Re/Max Home Team

 

Beginning February 1, 2011 you will be required not only show ID but provide a fingerprint to buy ammo for handguns in California.  Governor Schwarzenegger signed AB 962 into law on October 11, 2009.

AB 962 requires purchasers to show bonafied ID to ammunition vendors in order
to purchase handgun ammunition. The bonafied is spelled out as a government
issued ID with a photo.


Acceptable forms include a driver’s license or military ID. In addition, the vendor is required to record the purchasers name, driver’s license number, state of issuance, signature, thumbprint, residential address, date of birth and phone number. In addition the name of the sales person, the date of sale, brand type and amount of ammunition sold must also be recorded. The records must be kept on the vendor’s premises for a minimum of five years.

There is no provision for how the records are maintained (paper or electronic)
stored, or securely destroyed.

 

Guns and Ammo

 

Once again a law is passed that only impacts those who are law abiding citizens not the criminals.  A criminal can cross the state line to Nevada or Arizona and purchase ammo without restriction.  The law abiding citizen becomes part of a data base tracking the purchases of ammo and their buying habits.

The law also bans the purchase of ammo via mail order or through the internet.  Many hobby shooters who compete rely on mail order purchases for affordable ammo to be used in target practice.(source)


  • AB 962 should be of real concern to all firearms owners for two important reasons. First, it is of concern because of the requirement to collect personal information from purchasers of handgun ammunition – a serious privacy rights issue.


  • Second, it will prohibit the purchase of ammunition through internet and mail order vendors. This second part has the potential to severely impact junior shooting sports programs that rely on internet and mail order ammunition purchases.


A bill was in the works shortly after AB962 was signed into law to repeal it. For more information on repealing the law please see the article supplied.

Repeal AB962 

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Rainmaker
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Associate Broker Falmouth MA Cape Cod Heath Coker
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Heath Coker Robert Paul Properties

If they can not get the guns they are going to get the ammo. Sneaky.

November 30, 2009 06:59 AM #1
Rainmaker
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Wallace S. Gibson, CPM
Gibson Management Group, Ltd. - Charlottesville, VA
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Bonnie * when I got my CA RE license 30 years ago, I had to get fingerprinted * this is VERY California as it costs $$$ to be fingerprinted at the police dept. 

Most long-time hunters make their own amo.  I went to a local indoor range a few months ago here in VA, and if I had not "policed my spent shells" they would have and members would re-use my metal casings and made their own.

November 30, 2009 07:09 AM #2
Rainmaker
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Bonnie Vaughan
Re/Max Home Team - Scranton, PA
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Heath,  This has been rumored for a long time that they would dry up the ammo.

November 30, 2009 07:19 AM #3
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Bonnie Vaughan
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Wallace, I was fingerprinted to get my license to carry here in Va.  I was fingerprinted when I worked for the armored car company.  I have no problem with that.  I have a problem creating a data base which can ultimately bring the authorities to your door to confiscate the ammo you have.

My son is a gunsmith and has reloaded since he was a kid.  The main component to reloading is a primer.  They are extremely difficult to find right now.  For some reason they became short as well as certain handgun rounds.  It has been that way since Obama announced his candidacy.

November 30, 2009 07:24 AM #4
Rainmaker
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Kevin Robinson
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As law abiding gun owners we must continur the fight. Join the NRA and write to our elected leaders. We must stick together or we will eventually lose our right.

November 30, 2009 08:44 AM #5
Rainmaker
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Bonnie Vaughan
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Kevin, You know the drill. Things start in California and work their way around the country.  I agree we have to continue to fight for our right to own and be able to use our guns.

November 30, 2009 03:26 PM #6
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Melissa Anderson
Amcap Mortgage, Ltd. - San Antonio, TX

Typical of CA gvmt, write more laws but fail to enforce the ones already on the books.

Don't they know you can make your own bullets these days?? 

I encourage everyone to join the NRA to help stop this invasion of our rights. 

They won't deport illegals who happen to commit the most crimes in CA, yet they are going to make it more of a pain in the ass for a regular citizen to buy ammo.  This is absurd.

Good post Bonnie.

November 30, 2009 06:07 PM #7
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Bob Cumiskey
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Good information Bonnie.  As always the govt is stupid on this.  They are only keeping the honest people in line.  Criminals don't obey the laws.

November 30, 2009 07:44 PM #8
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JL Boney, III
Russell and Jeffcoat - Columbia, SC
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I think it's all well and good that laws are passed to keep honest people honest, but I agree, the only people it will affect at all are those who are already buying a gun legally.

November 30, 2009 08:08 PM #9
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Bonnie Vaughan
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Melissa,  It is the intrusion into the lives of the law abiding.  there is a movement  to repeal it.  Everyone should join the NRA

November 30, 2009 08:28 PM #10
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Bonnie Vaughan
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Bob How right you are.  But each law chips away at the rights of the law abiding.

November 30, 2009 08:29 PM #11
Rainmaker
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Bonnie Vaughan
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JL  It really does infringe on the rights of people who are honest.

November 30, 2009 08:30 PM #12
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Wallace S. Gibson, CPM
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Bonnie * I was fingerprinted in CA to get my REAL ESTATE BROKER license 30 years ago....finger printing in CA has been around for YEARS on the Left Coast!!!

December 01, 2009 06:31 AM #13
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Bonnie Vaughan
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Wallace - I have mixed feelings about finger printing real estate agents. I imagine it would weed out criminals from becoming agents.  Exactly how attractive is our business to crooks? It really eludes me why it would be necessary to fingerprint agents.

When I applied for a license in South Carolina I was required to submit a State Police background check from each state I held a license.  In addition, SC checks your credit.

 

December 01, 2009 07:00 AM #14
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Corey Carroll

Haha - you republicans elected a republican who is diminishing your own second amendment rights.  Serves you right.

But Arnold looked and sounded real cool when  he was running for Governor, though, right?

December 29, 2009 12:57 PM #15
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You have alot of faith in the cops, Hardleft.  If you are ever the victim of a burglary, you will only be armed with that pathetically smug attitude, whereas I will be living out my "cowyboy dreams" by lprotecting my family with a .45 and a 12 gauge.

Dial and hope, dial and hope.  That is a hell of a plan to safeguard that which you value.

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