MARTINEZ (KCBS)- Beginning February 1st, gun dealers in California who sell handgun ammunition will have to get more information from customers. Buyers will have to show a photo ID, give a thumbprint, and give out their address and birth date.

KCBS’ Bob Melrose Reports:

The idea is to make it easier for police to trace ammunition purchases.

Ron Kennedy, who owns the Canyon Sports Gun Store in Martinez told KCBS that the new law won’t make a difference at his shop.

”It’s not going to affect anybody that’s a law-abiding guy anyway, and criminals don’t buy ammunition at gun stores – they steal it,” said Kennedy.

This week, a judge in Fresno County is expected to hear arguments on a suit involving the new law.

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Comments (3)
  1. Zack Debarco says:

    Criminals don’t always steal ammo. They have other folks buy it for them and if they aren’t on parole, probation or prohibited from having it, buy it outright.
    I am tired of the whinning from the NRA types about some of these laws, as compliance is painless if you’re law abiding. I remember the same sort of whinning from bar owners over the no smoking laws.

  2. Joe Anderson says:

    I think I’ll go to the gun stores – look into the book and learn where to go to steal the
    guns I want – what a great idea!

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