Police Speak Out Against Proposed California Ammo Laws

The largest law enforcement union in California announced that it is opposed to Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom's Safety For All Act which would require background checks for all ammunition purchases and further restrict magazine capacities in the state, on which we reported recently.

According to this story from dailycaller.com, the California Correctional Peace Officers Association says the proposed law will actually reduce public safety. The Coalition for Civil Liberties has been leading the opposition to the proposed law.

"It's telling that California's law enforcement experts are overwhelmingly critical of Newson's proposal," Coalition Co-Chair Chuck Michel said in a statement. "They're the ones risking their lives every day and have a unique vantage point on what it takes to keep our streets safe. We should be listening to them, not politicians out to promote their own personal interest."

According to this story from bearingarms.com, Cory Salzillo, Director of Legislative Affairs for the State Sheriff's Association spoke out against the Safety For All Act, saying Newsom's measure would create a new criminal class out of law abiding, legal gun owners while doing nothing to deny access to firearms for violent criminals.

Specifically, it would:

  • Prohibit the possession of "large-capacity military-style magazines" (whatever that means) that hold 11 rounds or more. "If passed, California would join New York, New Jersey, Hawaii and The District of Columbia in banning possession of these military-style clips." (Note that a magazine isn't a clip, and New Jersey's magazine capacity limit is 15 rounds.)

  • Treat every ammunition sale like a gun sale (the FBI's NICS background system is so overburdened already, that the FBI has suspended its appeals process because of a manpower shortage).

  • Define a clear "firearms relinquishment process" for those convicted of a felony or a violent misdemeanor.

  • Require firearms owners to notify law enforcement if their firearm has been lost or stolen. Stores would also have to report any stolen or lost ammunition.