In a major victory for California’s gun owners, the Senate Public Safety Committee gutted Assembly Bill 362 on Tuesday, July 10. The bill will now be re-worked to require the California Department of Justice to only study the regulation of ammunition sales.
AB362, sponsored by Assembly Member Kevin de Leon (D-45), would have required identification to be presented for all mail order and face-to-face ammunition sales. Sellers of ammunition would have been forced to keep detailed and accurate sales records. No retail seller of ammunition would have been able to sell, offer for sale, or display for sale any ammunition in a manner that allows ammunition to be accessible to a purchaser without the assistance of the retailer or authorized employee. The Federal law requiring ammunition purchasers to present I.D. was repealed by the Firearms Owners Protection Act of 1986, because it was found to be ineffective in reducing crime.
No new language has been written yet but will be published sometime in the next few weeks.