Federal Judge Strikes Down Unconstitutional Ammunition Law

Last July, California started requiring background checks for all ammunition purchases. This law has been a real burden on law-abiding hunters and shooters. The amount of red tape involved with the rollout of the program caused many Californians to miss days hunting and days at the range.

That law has officially been blocked by a federal judge. The Associated Press stated that U.S. District Judge Roger Benitez in San Diego described the law as, “onerous and convoluted.”

“The experiment has been tried. The casualties have been counted. California’s new ammunition background check law misfires and the Second Amendment rights of California citizens have been gravely injured,” Benitez wrote in a 120-page opinion granting the group’s motion for a preliminary injunction.

“The law’s red tape and state database errors made it impossible for hundreds of thousands of law-abiding Californians to purchase ammunition for sport or self-defense,” said Chuck Michel, of the California Rifle & Pistol Association’s general counsel. “The court found that the flimsy reasons offered by the government to justify these constitutional infringements were inadequate.”

He expects the state to appeal the ruling. But for now “Californians can sleep a little easier tonight knowing their Constitutional rights were restored and strengthened by this decision,” he said.

Benitez also ruled that the state ban on importing ammo from other states violated federal interstate commerce laws, the AP reported. The law, Benitez argued, kept out-of-state sellers from reaching California’s market, which was a violation of federal law.

As of right now, some constitutionality has been restored to California, but it is still one of the most unfriendly states for gun owners.