SAN LUIS OBISPO COUNTY, Calif- Vice President Joe Biden met with gun owner groups, like the National Rifle Association, focusing on gun violence prevention. Here in California, one lawmaker just introduced a new bill to regulate ammunition sales.
Many mom and pop gun shops are worried because they say this industry is highly regulated, and adding more regulations could mean putting some stores out of business.
"Regulating small stores like mine is only going to hurt me in the long run," said owner of Uncle Ed's Outfitters, Kath Zalusky. The store has a big stack of paperwork from just the December gun sales. With this new potential law, a lot more would be added because the law would require sellers to report all ammunition sales to the Department of Justice, creating a registry of purchases for law enforcement.
"It's unfair to the customer, it's unfair to the agency that has to do all the paperwork and it's unfair to the sport itself," said Co-Owner of Uncle Ed's Outfitters Jacob Zalusky. That's not all, if you buy a lot of ammo in a short period of time, the Department of Justice would notify local law enforcement. "It instantly makes you a target, it instantly makes you an individual or someone that they are going to expect is doing something wrong because of the number and quantity in which you are buying," said Zalusky.
Assemblywoman Nancy Skinner who introduced the bill said this potential law would help to bullet proof society, saying more than 200-thousand Californians was killed by gunfire last year.
"Your law abiding citizens are not your ones doing the paperwork, buying the things legally, doing everything that they should be doing, they are the ones coming in here and doing it the right way not the ones shooting people," said Zalusky. The law would also ensure sellers of bullets are licensed and buyers are carded.
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