San Fran: Gun and Ammo Buyers Should be Videotaped

If you buy guns or ammo in San Francisco, a new law would mean you'll be videotaped and a record of the sale will be sent to police.

According to this story from kron4.com, City Supervisor Mark Farrell is set to put in a public request at today's Board of Supervisors meeting to begin drafting the legislation that would require the video recording of all gun and ammo sales within city limits.

The legislation would also require the regular storage and electronic transmission of the sales data to the San Francisco Police Department.

"Easy access to guns and ammunition continue to contribute to senseless violent crime here in San Francisco and across the country." Farrell said. "Even though San Francisco has some of the toughest gun control laws on the books in the country—there is more we can do to protect the public—and we should do everything in our power to give local law enforcement the additional tools they need to prevent crime and keep our neighborhoods safe."

Indeed, San Fran has strict gun laws. A federal appeals court recently upheld two city ordinances regarding firearms, one that requires handgun owners to lock their guns in a safe, install a trigger lock, or carry it on their person while in the home, and another that bans the sale of hollow-point ammunition within city limits.

Farrell's office says the gun control package is meant to detect illegal trafficking of guns and ammunition, prevent the loss and theft of firearms and ammunition from dealers, prevent and detect the sale of firearms and ammunition by dealers to persons who are prohibited by law from possessing these items, and to protect overall public safety.

Another part of the legislation package would require anyone with the proper documentation to sell or transfer ammunition to keep records of their ammunition sales and transfer data for up to five years. They must also electronically submit the sales data at least once a week to police. The SFPD is responsible for generating the forms and information that would need to be submitted, but they must include the following: date of transaction; name, address, and birth date of the transferee; the transferee's driver's license number or other photo ID; the brand, type, caliber or gauge, and amount of ammunition;; transferee's signature; and the name of the permitee's agent or employee who processed the transaction.

The legislation will likely be introduced formally when the Board of Supervisors returns from its recess in the beginning of September.

New York has also attempted to crack down on ammo sales recently, but had to shelve plans to create a background check process for ammunition sales because of a "lack of adequate technology." Plans to create a database of ammo sales records were also scrapped because the database "cannot be established and/or function in the manner originally intended."