Gun Owners Stockpile Ammo Before New California Background Check Law Begins

Store managers Jamie Taflinger, left, and Kendyll Murray show customer Cornell Hall different types of ammo at the Get Loaded gun store in Grand Terrace. (Credit: Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times)

Store managers Jamie Taflinger, left, and Kendyll Murray show customer Cornell Hall different types of ammo at the Get Loaded gun store in Grand Terrace. (Credit: Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times)

California ammo buyers are making a run on gun shops ahead of a new state law, which on July 1 will require buyers of bullets to show identification and undergo a background check to screen out felons and people with illegal firearms.

In a state with the toughest gun laws in the nation, Gov. Gavin Newsom and some other leaders see restricting ammunition sales as a necessary next step in reducing gun tragedies.

Newsom included restrictions on bullets in Proposition 63, his statewide initiative that was approved by voters in 2016 and that helped raise his profile for his run for governor.

“From San Bernardino to Ventura to Poway, too many Californians have already died from gun violence,” Newsom said last week. “I championed Prop. 63 because it is beyond time that we take common sense actions such as these to keep deadly ammo out of the wrong hands and protect our communities.”

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