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CA Lt. Governor Will Introduce Ballot Initiative for Background Checks to Purchase Ammunition

The lieutenant governor of California, Gavin Newsom, is proposing a ballot initiative that would create some sensible gun laws.

Just kidding, they're not sensible.

Newsom's initiative will ask voters to "strengthen the state's gun laws by restricting ammunition sales, requiring owners to turn in assault-style magazines that have a large capacity and requiring gun owners to report lost or stolen guns to law enforcement."

If the initiative is passed, California will be the first state to require background checks to purchase ammunition.  The proposal is sponsored by the anti-gun crew at the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence.  "It comes in the wake of high-profile killings nationwide and three recent San Francisco Bay Area killings in which the shooters allegedly used stolen guns to commit the crimes."

High-profile killings like that of Katie Steinle, who was killed by an illegal immigrant with a crime-laden rap sheet? Was that the gun's fault or was it the fault of the city that refused to deport an illegal-immigrant professional criminal? A good-faith effort to reduce criminal conduct and gun violence would remove criminals from this country if they do not belong here, but California is going in another direction I guess.

Here is what will be in the initiative:

— Eliminate the stockpile of now-banned large-capacity magazines with 11 rounds or more: Owners would be required to sell them to a licensed firearms dealer, take them out of state or turn them in to law enforcement to be destroyed. State law already bans manufacturing or selling magazines that hold more than 10 rounds.

How exactly would this be enforced? House-to-house visits by the authorities to make sure no hicapmags are lying around?

— Background checks for ammunition purchases: Ammunition dealers would need to conduct a background check at the point-of-sale for all ammunition, and dealers would need a license similar to those required to sell firearms. Stores also would be required to report to law enforcement if ammunition has been lost or stolen.

If you are hell bent on avoiding the cataloging of your ammunition purchases, drive to Vegas and get some ammo. Someone with an entrepreneurial spirit should open a ammo shop next to the casinos at Stateline, Nevada. This rule only burdens firearms dealers with bureaucracy and adds to the cost of ammunition since there will be a processing fee for the background check. Sport shooters will be most impacted by this since we go through a lot of ammunition.

— Reporting lost and stolen guns: California would join 11 other states in requiring that lost or stolen firearms be reported to law enforcement.

How does this stop gun violence? I'm all for reporting a stolen gun to police -- it's in one's interest to remove ownership from a weapon that might be used in a crime. But this doesn't stop anything.