A gun without ammunition is very like an automobile without fuel: it looks like it’s ready to work, but lacks an essential component. California, with Governor “I play good guy with a gun on the big screen” Schwarzenegger, has determined that ammunition may longer be procurred by law abiding individuals unless they are willing to abide by some further laws which will go into effect in about 14 months. Here’s the skinny:
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger today signed into law a bill that requires buyers of handgun ammunition to leave thumbprints and detailed personal information with registered ammo sellers, as well as put restrictions on online bullet sales.
“Assembly Bill 962 reasonably regulates access to ammunition and improves public safety without placing undue burdens on consumers,” Schwarzenegger said in a letter explaining his decision.
The new restrictions will take effect Feb. 1, 2011.
California is absolutely super-saturated in debt and still it finds ways to spend more money solving problems which do not exist.
Though Schwarzenegger vetoed a similar bill in 2004, saying the federal government’s attempt at similar legislation proved to be “unworkable and offered no public safety benefit,” the governor today said that De Leon’s bill struck a fair balance between public safety and didn’t put undue burdens on bullet vendors and firearms dealers.
So, what has changed? Well, it would seem as though the good Austrian has managed to find his inner socialist after all–despite the lip service which he has paid to America as being a great land of opportunity. Does California realize that this further restriction of personal rights will only cause more taxpayers to leave for points east? California’s a beautiful state in many regards, but businesses and their employees are finding it harder and harder to justify the burden of laws which they must carry to enjoy that beauty.
To any Californians reading this, I understand that South Dakota doesn’t have the beaches and the moderate temperatures, but we still largely have the freedom (and affordable housing, now that you mention it).