National Rifle Association of America
RE: Senate Bill 53 (DeLeon) Ammunition purchase permits
CGSSA CALL TO ACTION: Vote No on AB1014 and SB53 – CALL TODAY
THE FIGHT TO STOP SB53 AMMO SALES RESTRICTIONS/REGISTRATION AND AB1014 GUN VIOLENCE RESTRAINING ORDERS HEATS UP AT THE STATE CAPITOL
CALL, FAX AND EMAIL
LOIS WOLK SENATOR DISTRICT 3.
ASK SENATOR WOLK TO VOTE NO ON AB1014 AND
SB53 PROPOSED AMENDMENTS INCLUDED are a BAD BILL…
PHONE (916) 651-4003, FAX (916) 651-4903
EMAIL – SENATOR.WOLK@SENATE.CA.GOV
Senate Bill 53 seeks to require registration of all ammunition purchases and would require tens of MILLIONS of Californians to obtain a permit to purchase ammunition.
- The permit application process requires the fingerprinting of the applicant by law enforcement agencies
- Paying permit fees and up to 30 days of processing/ waiting time to obtain the permit from the California Department of Justice that will only be valid for 2 years.
- The permit processing will vastly increase the workload of the Department of Justice and local law enforcement agencies that do not possess the manpower or the infrastructure to process the MILLIONS of applicants every year.
The supporters of SB 53 testified that the intend use of the ammunition purchase permit and the registration of ammunition purchases is to “monitor” and have active surveillance of individual Californians.
The clear intent of the proponents of SB53 is to invade the privacy of citizens and use law enforcement resources to investigate anyone they deem to have purchased “too much” ammunition or have purchased ammunition for a firearm that is NOT registered to them.
The personal information that is required to be surrendered to and retained by retailers and electronically transferred to the Department of Justice in the registration requirements of ammunition purchasers would expose millions of firearms owners to threats of identity theft.
The reporting of ammunition sales failed at the federal level. In 1986, the director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms supported eliminating the registration requirement, stating: “The Bureau and the [Treasury] Department have recognized that current recordkeeping requirements for ammunition have no substantial law enforcement value.” The Firearms Owners Protection Act of 1986 repealed the federal law.
In 2011, Governor Brown stated in a vetoing an ammunition sales registration bill, that NO additional ammunition registration bills should be enacted prior to resolution of Parker v. California, which has enjoined the enforcement of the current California law to register handgun ammunition sales. That case is still pending before the Fifth District of the California Court of Appeals.
The California State Sheriffs Association does NOT support SB53 and a growing number of Sheriffs are opposing the passage of SB53.
ON BEHALF OF THE NATIONAL RIFLE ASSOCIATION, WE RESPECTFULLY REQUEST A NO VOTE ON SB53