Gun Enthusiasts who live in the world of Diane Feinstein, Barbara Boxer, Arnold Schwarzenegger and others, as I do, were about lose a little more of our freedom on February 1, 2011. AB 962 which was passed by the California Legislature and signed by “The Governator” last year, would have taken away our ability to purchase ammunition through the internet and have it sent to us via the mail. This bill would have required that we register whenever we would purchase handgun ammunition in a ‘face to face’ transaction, and even leave our thumb print. The key word here is “handgun”. The problem with the bill is that it was vague as to just what constituted handgun ammunition. And it is on that basis that the Court struck down implementation of that portion of the bill.
Purchasing ammunition through the mail is one of my preferred methods as I can usually find better deals online than in our local brick and mortar shops. This law would have effectively made it illegal for anyone to sell ammunition to California residents through the mail or internet whether in state or out. It would have also required sellers of ammunition to collect registration information on the purchasers and a thumb print. Fortunately, Tehama County Sheriff Clay Parker, the California Rifle and Pistol Association (CRPA) and the National Rifle Association (NRA) brought suit to block implementation of the law arguing that it is “constitutionally vague” and does not spell out just what is handgun ammunition. As a result of this lawsuit, a Fresno Superior Court Judge ruled that the law is unconstitutional and enjoined the enforcement of the measure, thereby allowing internet sales of ammunition to continue – for now.
It is laws such as this that require each of us to be ever vigilant and aware of the efforts of the radical liberal extremists that are chipping away at our civil liberties slowly and a little bit at a time with each legislative victory. It is a slippery slope that will ultimately, one day see the repeal of the Second Amendment and ban us from owning guns in any way, shape or form. Imagine, if you will, being told to gather your gun collection, take it to the local police station, and watch as it is effectively thrown into the trash. It happened in Australia and Canada and it could happen here if we do not fight back. It is important that we support the efforts of the NRA, and CRPA with our membership and support.
For more information on this important victory for gun owners visit the CRPA website by clicking this link: http://www.crpa.org/_e/page/1597/mr01_18_2011.htm . You can also read more about from the NRA by clicking this link: http://www.nraila.org/Legislation/Read.aspx?ID=6128