What this law proposes is, after July 1 2010, to make sales of handgun ammunition regulated. They would have to occur in a face-to-face transaction, and certain information would have to be collected by the vendor, and records maintained by the vendor.
Vendors would also have to obtain a license to sell handgun ammunition.
Information to be collected are
(3) Commencing July 1, 2010, a vendor shall not sell or otherwiseThe bill also states that the transaction must be made face-to-face:
transfer ownership of any handgun ammunition without at the time of
delivery legibly recording the following information on a form that
is in a format to be prescribed by the department:
(A) The date of the sale or other transaction.
(B) The purchaser's or transferee's driver's license or other
identification number and the state in which it was issued.
(C) The brand, type, and amount of ammunition sold or otherwise
(D) The purchaser's or transferee's signature.
(E) The name of the salesperson who processed the sale or other
(F) The right thumbprint of the purchaser or transferee on the
(G) The purchaser's or transferee's full residential address and
(H) The purchaser's or transferee's date of birth.
SEC. 6. Section 12318 is added to the Penal Code, to read:
12318. (a) Commencing July 1, 2010, the sale or other transfer of
ownership of handgun ammunition may only occur in a face-to-face
transaction with the seller or transferor being provided bona fide
evidence of identity from the purchaser or other transferee.
It seems to me that these requirements would make sales of ammunition over the internet illegal, even though such sales are not specifically mentioned in the bill. It is certain that at a minimum this will cause the price of ammunition to rise even further, and probably not make a dent in crime, since a black market in ammunition will undoubtedly arise.
The authors of this bill are Kevin De Leon (D - 45th District) and Bonnie Lowenthal (D - 54th District).
This bill is scheduled to be read in committee on March 29th, 2009, and it would seem to be one we need to keep an eye on.