OAKLAND (CBS SF) – A California assemblywoman has introduced a bill that would regulate ammunition sales in the state.
Assemblywoman Nancy Skinner unveiled the measure during a news conference in Oakland on Monday. It would establish restrictions similar to those covering gun sales. Those restrictions require sellers to be licensed and buyers to have and show valid identification.
The Berkeley Democrat said it is currently easier to buy ammunition in California than it is to buy certain medicine, alcohol and tobacco.
She said, “We want to make it as difficult to buy bullets as it is to buy cold medicine.”
Skinner said Assembly Bill 48, co-authored by Assemblyman Rob Bonta, D-Alameda, would require ammunition sellers to be licensed and purchasers to show identification, and would mandate that sellers report all sales to the state Department of Justice.
She said it also would require the Department of Justice to create a registry of ammunition purchases that would be available to all law enforcement agencies and to notify law enforcement of large-quantity ammunition purchases.
In addition, Skinner said, the legislation would ban the kits that convert ammunition-feeding devices into high-capacity magazines.