Today: California Enacts Another Major Legal Hurdle For Gun Owners

On Monday, California will enact a new proposition that will affect all gun owners in their state.

As USA Today reports, Proposition 63 was directly on the ballot in 2016 and approved by 63 percent of voters. The new measure will add to the state’s already tight restrictions on gun ownership but this time—rather than go after guns directly—it takes aim at ammo purchases.

From the report:

The bustle inside LAX Ammunition on the Friday before Father’s Day betrayed the gloom of the outside sky.

Employees inside the Los Angeles-area gun shop had their hands full chatting with customers who were looking to replenish their ammo supply before July 1, with some customers spending hundreds of dollars in the process.

Why the hurry? That’s the day a new state law will require almost all buyers to go through background checks before being able to buy bullets, potentially increasing the amount of time and money it takes to make purchases.

“We’re probably up by 400% from where we were last year for this past month, and this month, in total sales,” says Daniel Kash, the store’s president.

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According to the report, Democratic Governor Gavin Newsom championed the proposition as it is intended to prevent potential criminals from getting their hands on large amounts of ammo.

Here’s how:

  • Customers will have to receive a background check every time they make an ammunition purchase, paying $1 each time.
  • Those who don’t already have their information in the Department of Justice’s system for these point-of-sale screenings will have to pay up to $20 for an initial screening.
  • Vendors will have to make sure customers aren’t on a DOJ list that names people who are prohibited from buying guns for various reasons — for example, committing a felony — before selling to them.

All ammo sales will have to take place in person — even online orders will have to be shipped to a licensed vendor’s store before customers can pick them up.

Proponents of the proposition claim it will help the state reduce gun violence while critics argue it will make purchasing ammo costlier and take more time.