California will require background checks for all gun ammunition purchases after a new law went into effect this week.
California has some of the strictest gun laws in the country, but state leaders hope the new rule will decrease violence even more so by cracking down at the root of the problem, according to The Associated Press.
“At the end of the day, it is a perverse fact: Guns don’t kill people. Unless a gun is used as a blunt instrument, a gun is not particularly dangerous,” Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) said Monday, according to Fox 40. “A gun requires a dangerous component and that’s ammunition.”
And as for all you Californians saying “We’ll all just go to Nevada or Arizona to buy our ammo”, don’t. Just don’t. It ain’t gonna happen.
Sure, you might make one trip, maybe two, but for the 95% of Californians that don’t travel out of state on a regular basis, that will be it.
Most Californians live in the western or central part of the State, several hours and at least a couple hundred miles from the border. They’ll make an initial ammo run and think they’re getting away with something but when the time comes for another one they’re going to start running the numbers thinking “Hmmm, I’m paying $3.70 a gallon for gas and my truck only gets 16 mpg and from Modesto to Reno is 210 miles, 420 round trip” and then they’ll realize they just tacked on another hundred bucks onto the price of their ammo, and that’s not including meals and a room if they decide to stay overnight.
Nope, what’s going to happen is the next time they run short on ammo they’re going to say “Fuck that, I’ll just score some down at my local gun shop. It’s only a dollar extra for the background check which beats the hell out of a hundred bucks in gas and the 500 dollars my old lady lost at the tables. Besides, it’s not like the State doesn’t already know what firearms I have.”
I ain’t done yet.
The system the State uses will be overwhelmed. It’s going to go down due to the strain and the first time will likely be within a month of the new law going into effect. So it’s going to have to either upgraded or replaced and guess who’s going to pay for that? Ammo buyers, the people that ’caused’ it to crash, that’s who. Why should everybody else have to pay for something that only benefits evil gun owners? How will they pay for it? That’s easy – they’ll raise the cost of the background check to cover it. This year it’s a buck, next year it’s $2.50, who knows what it’ll be in five years.
But wait, it gets worse.
You may or may not need a California Real ID to purchase your ammo – they ain’t sure yet. Gavin Newsom says you do, California DOJ says you don’t. You can read about that HERE.
But while they’re bitch fighting about it at the moment, you can rest assured that you will eventually have to present a Real ID to buy your ammo because the California government ain’t never met a gun restriction it don’t like.
This means an entire day taken off work to sit in a packed DMV office to get a Real ID in the mail 6 weeks later just so you can buy ammo. But hey, going to the DMV can be fun if you play it right – I once was listening to 2 guys counting up the different languages they heard that day. The count was up to 16, I think.
So there it is. The Nation’s first Ammo Background Check. New Jersey, Massachusetts and New York will soon follow.
My advice to get around this bullshit law? It’s simple – move. Get the fuck out. If you can’t do it tomorrow, start making plans to do it ASAP. Look, I understand not being able to move for whatever reason – maybe your spouse doesn’t want to, you’ve got too much time invested in your job, you own a small business, whatever. I do understand. I had way too many years in at my job and was too close to a full retirement to move. But as soon as I could, I retired and got my ass out of California.
If you are one of those people that can’t leave, let me give you some more free advice: Learn to reload. As far as I know there’s no restrictions on buying primers, powder, bullets or brass. Not only are you going to find that your ammo cost is going to drop considerably once you get back your initial investment, but you’re also going to realize how fun it is. Seriously, when I first got into reloading there was a stretch where I was going out and burning up ammo so I’d have empty brass to load.
You can buy an RCBS Rockchucker Supreme Kit that includes everything but the die set and loading components such as powder, primer, etc for about $375 and what do you know, it even includes a Nosler loading manual which has a very good loading tutorial in it. Myself, I learned to reload from a series of articles in a magazine, I believe it was Guns & Ammo, because I had nobody to teach me.
Learning to load won’t cure all of your California gun woes but it’ll damned sure let you sidestep this ammo background check bullshit.