AB 962 BILL WOULD REGISTER BUYERS
OF HANDGUN AMMUNITION
Recently introduced proposed legislation, AB 962 (De Leon), would require 1) that handgun ammunition buyers must make their purchases in person, not by mail order or the internet, 2) that handgun ammunition not be displayed by retailers in a location where customers can have access to it, thus necessitating that the retailer obtain it from storage upon a potential buyers specific request, 3) that retailers record and maintain information about the sale of ammunition and the buyer, 4) that retailers who sell more than one box (50 rounds) of handgun ammunition per month obtain a handgun ammunition sellers permit from the Department, and other related provisions that would be harmful to ammunition buyers.
AB 962 is unnecessary and is a burden to lawful retailers and lawful ammunition buyers. Those who would use firearms and ammunition illegally can, and do, easily obtain them from out of state sources or the local illegal underground marketplace. This bill would affect only lawful businesses and individuals. It would have no impact on criminals.
If AB 962 becomes law, it will not be long before further legislation is passed to apply it to all ammunition including rifle and shotgun cartridges, muzzle loading projectiles and bullets for reloading.
Its supporters are misinformed in their belief that criminals cannot easily and illegally buy handgun ammunition from non-dealer sources. They think that by requiring government issued permits to buy or sell ammunition there will be less violence and other crimes involving the illegal use of firearms. They are wrong.
You can help stop the proposed registration of ammunition buyers and sellers.
1. Please contact the author of AB 962, Assembly Member Kevin De Leon and the Assembly Committee on Public Safety to let them know that you are opposed to AB 962 for the reasons outlined above and for any additional reasons that are personal to you. Ask them to vote no on this bill. Their contact information is as follows:
2. Write or call your own Assembly representative. He/She, if not listed above, can be found at the following website: http://www.legislature.ca.gov/ or http://126.96.36.199/lmapsearch/framepage.asp.
Assembly Member Kevin De Leon
Assembly Committee on Public Safety
State Capitol, Rm 4140 1020 N St, Rm 111
Sacramento, Ca. 95814 Sacramento, Ca. 95814
Capitol Phone: (916) 319-2045 Phone: (916) 319-3744
Capitol Fax: (916) 319-2145 Fax: (916) 319-3745
District Phone: (323) 225-4545
District Fax: (323) 225-4500
3. Please fax copies of written or electronic communications with your legislator and the Assembly Committee on Public Safety to the firearms and ammunition retailerâ€™s legislative advocate, Ms. Kathryn Lynch, at (916) 443-7353.
Re: AB 962 (De Leon) Ammunition
Dear Members of the California Legislature:
I am writing to express my opposition to AB 962 which would require that all lawful purchases of handgun ammunition be registered to the buyer by the ammunition seller who must keep the records on the premises for review by law enforcement.
It would also require that ammunition buyers must make their purchases in person, not by mail order or the internet, that handgun ammunition not be displayed by retailers in a location where customers can have access to it, thus necessitating that the retailer obtain it from storage upon the specific request of a potential buyer, and other related provisions.
AB 962 is unnecessary, costly and would be a burden to lawful dealers and lawful ammunition buyers. If its purpose is to prevent crimes involving the use or possession of a handgun, it would be ineffective.
Those who would use firearms and ammunition illegally can, and do, easily obtain them from out of state sources or from the local underground marketplace. This bill would affect only lawful businesses and individuals. It would have no deterrent effect on criminals. The damage it would do to retailers and their customers is substantial and unjustifiable. Accordingly, I am strongly opposed to the enactment of AB 962.
Please vote NO on AB 962.
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1. Please fax this to Ms. Kathryn Lynch, Legislative Advocate, Lynch & Associates, at 916-443-7353.
2. Please also send a copy to your own Assembly Member and Senator. Find them and their contact information at www.legislature.ca.gov; the legislator locator is at the bottom right hand portion of the