June 03, 2005

California Moves Closer to "Ammo ID" Law

From the L.A. Times comes an article which maybe sheds some light on why California's government is so screwed up. Legislators Pass Bills Requiring Ammo ID:

California lawmakers Thursday voted to require weapons manufacturers to ensure that all bullets and cartridges are branded with distinctive serial numbers.

Contained in two measures that are intended to help law enforcement solve cases, the proposal would be unique among states if approved by the Legislature and signed by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.

So, uh, if it was "lawmakers" who voted on this thing, then why does it still need to pass the legislature?

The extreme stupidity of this bill has already been hashed out pretty well. What is there to prevent criminals from simply stealing ammo from someone who's bought these serialized bullets? Nice way to frame someone for a shooting, unless that person has an alibi. Or, criminals can simply buy their ammo next door, in Nevada or Oregon. I'm guessing the serial numbers can be easily defaced with a file or sandpaper. You know, why waste time trying to explain to the California legislature, or whatever other body houses these "lawmakers". They won't listen anyway.

No, it's time for the "Ronnie Barrett" solution.

No manufacturer or distributor or retailer of ammunition or its components should sell their products to any person or government agency within the State of California. Cut 'em off at the knees. Let them use slingshots.

(Cross-posted at FreedomSight)

Posted by Jed at June 3, 2005 06:22 PM

You got it, Jed: "the Ronnie Barrett" option. A lot of us would buy a gun from any company that did what he did, just to show our support and to make up for any potential financial loss. Hell, I'm thinking about buying a .50 from Barrett, and I don't even want one.

Posted by: Brerarnold at June 4, 2005 07:22 AM

Every year I see the California NRA Junior Team at the National Matches. Most of their coaches are state employees and LEOs. The kids have never heard of any law limiting their access to firearms, ammunition or ranges.
It's illegal for a person under 21 to even TOUCH an AR in California.
My guess is that their coaches are ignoring all California firearm laws.
I'm just saying. This year I am going to talk to the coaches themselves and find out what's up.

Posted by: Robert at June 6, 2005 12:57 PM
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