Proposition 63: Background Checks for Ammunition Purchases and Ban on Large Capacity Magazines


Sep 21, 2016 (San Diego) This proposition will require people who want to buy ammunition in the state to obtain a 4 year permit from the California Department of Justice every 4 years. The department will be authorized to charge up to $50.00 dollars for administrative and enforcement costs for these permits.

This comes after the legislature passed legislation in July of this year mandating that dealers do those checks. So it fills the void. Hunters using 50 or less rounds per month are excepted. It also removed tje grandfather clause for large capacity magazines. Stsrtinh in July of 2019 it would make it ilegal for state residents to bring ammunition into the state without first bringing it to a licensed dealer.

According to Ballotpedia:

Requires individuals to pass a background check and obtain Department of Justice authorization to purchase ammunition.

Prohibits possession of large-capacity ammunition magazines, and requires their disposal, as specified.

Requires most ammunition sales be made through licensed ammunition vendors and reported to Department of Justice.

Requires lost or stolen firearms and ammunition be reported to law enforcement.

Prohibits persons convicted of stealing a firearm from possessing firearms.

Establishes new procedures for enforcing laws prohibiting firearm possession.

Requires Department of Justice to provide information about prohibited persons to federal National Instant Criminal Background Check System.

This is the full document.

The measure  states:

 We know background checks work. Federal background checks have already prevented more than 2.4 million gun sales to convicted criminals and other illegal purchasers in America.
In 2012 alone, background checks blocked 192,043 sales of firearms to illegal purchasers including 82,000 attempted purchases by felons. That means background checks stopped roughly 225 felons from buying firearms every day. Yet California law only requires background checks for people who purchase firearms, not for people who purchase ammunition. We should close that loophole

It is supported by Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom, Senator Dianne Feinstein, Senator Barbara Boxer, locally by Rep. Toni Atkins. It is also supported by the Democratic Party, among others.

Supporters argue that:

The proposition would keep guns and ammunition out of the wrong hands by closing loopholes in existing law.

The proposition would protect the rights of law-abiding citizens to own guns for self-defense, hunting, and recreation.

The proposition would address the issue of illegally armed felons.

Opponents include Sherrif’s of three rural counties, as well as the Republican Pary, the Libertarian Party and Peace and Freedom Party. Not surprisingly, it is also opposed by the National Rifle Association.

They argue:

The proposition would burden law-abiding citizens who own firearms.

The proposition would not keep terrorists and violent criminals from accessing firearms and ammunition.

The proposition would divert resources away from local law enforcement and burden an already overburdened court system.

The proposition would make Californians less safe and would waste public resources and money.

The proposition would be difficult for the legislature to amend.

Supporters have $4,245,420 in the coffers.

Opponents have $454,486

Polling has shown wide spread support for the measure among California voters.

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