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March 26th, 2008 - Open Knowledge — LiveJournal

Mar. 26th, 2008

02:51 am - California assembly considering “ammo permits”

Today, March 25, the California Assembly Public Safety Committee will consider legislation that would require gun owners to obtain a “permit-to-purchase” before buying handgun ammunition. Here’s the letter I wrote to the Public Safety Committee members, urging opposition:

Hi,

I’m writing to request that you vote against AB 2062. This bill will, among other things:

- require a $35 a year permit to buy ammo
- add a tax of $3 per transaction
- make it illegal to buy ammo online or out of state
- make it illegal to give a friend ammo.

By making if more difficult and costly to legally buy ammunition, it erodes the basic human right of all California citizens to defend themselves. As more people are discouraged from buying guns, due to the high costs, small gun shops will go out of business. Large retailers will stop offering ammunition for sale, in order to avoid the tax and regulatory hassle. As a result, our constitutional right as law-abiding citizens to “keep and bear arms” will be made worthless, for all practical purposes.

Consider who this will hurt:

- the abused spouse who wants to defend herself against an abusive ex,
- the small shopkeeper located in a high crime area of the city,
- the father whose home has been invaded by burglars.

If this bill passes, it will make it much more expensive for each of these people to acquire ammunition, and to practice safe gun handling skills. Many of the people hardest hit will be those who live in high crime areas, where police protection is inadequate, and the means to defend oneself is most necessary.

Moreover, this bill will do little to stop the actual criminals. Real criminals will have little problem violating the law, by purchasing on the black market or from out of state. The people it will hurt the most are those who obey the law.

So please, vote against this bill, uphold the Constitution, and help protect the right of California citizens to protect themselves.

Thanks for your time.

Chris

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