California to require background checks for ammo purchases
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Starting Monday, California will require criminal background checks for every ammunition purchase.
Gov. Gavin Newsom touted the state’s latest attempt to deter gun violence at a news conference Tuesday, saying it will save lives.
Opponents are suing in hopes of eventually undoing a law they said places an unfair burden on millions of law-abiding gun owners.
Voters approved the checks in 2016 and set an effective date of July 1. Ammunition dealers are seeing a surge in sales as customers stock up before the requirement takes effect.
State officials expect 13.2 million checks for individual ammunition purchases each year.