California Senate Approves Background Checks, Permits and Fees for Ammunition Purchases

The California Senate this week approved a collection of bills, including one (SB 53) that would require background checks, permits, and fees for the purchase of ammunition.
All ammunition sales would have to be face-to-face, happening only in the presence of a store clerk; and vendors selling the bullets would have to submit sales records to the California Department of Justice. Those vendors also would need a permit to sell ammunition.

SB 53 is one of seven “gun violence” bills approved on Wednesday. Together, the seven Democrat-sponsored bills are known as the “Lifesaving Intelligent Firearms Enforcement Act,” dubbed the LIFE Act.

California Senate President pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, a Democrat, said the LIFE act is designed to close “loopholes” in existing regulations, keep firearms and ammunition out of the hands of dangerous persons, and strengthen education on gun ownership.

“As Congress continues to dither, California must act,” Steinberg said. “The strength of the LIFE Act is in the sum of its parts, and this package will make dramatic strides in combating gun violence. In combination, these bills close legal loopholes that gun manufacturers have exploited, keep the circulation of firearms and ammunition out of dangerous hands, and improve education around safe gun ownership.”

But Republicans who voted against the gun control package say it won’t do anything to stop crime:

“SB 53 will do nothing to stop criminals from purchasing ammunition,” said Sen. Tom Berryhill. “These restrictions – like most of the gun legislation we are seeing here today – won’t do a thing to stop crime. They will only hurt the law abiding citizens like hunters and sportsmen who, for the record, contribute millions to the state’s economy.”

Even one Democrat voted against SB 53: Sen. Rod Wright (D) said requiring permits to buy ammunition “only inhibits law-abiding citizens from exercising their 2nd Amendment rights. It shouldn’t be in law. It’s not going to stand up in court,” he added.

Sen. Kevin De León sponsored SB53, which passed on a vote of 23-14. “I’m proud that together with the California Police Chiefs Association, we’ve taken a significant step toward keeping ammunition out of the wrong hands—criminals and kids—to keep our communities safe,” he said in a news release.

The other six bills comprising the LIFE Act include:

Fixed magazines: SB 374 (Steinberg): Prohibits the future sale, purchase, manufacture, importation, or transfer in California of semi-automatic rifles that can accept detachable magazines. It also expands ownership records, ensuring all handguns and long guns with detachable magazines are recorded. “This legislative action decisively closes the loopholes that have allowed the gun industry to flood our communities with rapid-reload battlefield weapons,” Steinberg said. Passed on a 23-15 vote.

High Capacity magazines: SB 396 (Hancock): Bans possession of ammunition magazines over 10 rounds. Passed on a 25-14 vote. “California has good regulations, but gun manufacturers have found ways around them,” Sen. Loni Hancock said. “This bill closes the loopholes that allowed the discharge of large amounts of ammunition without reloading and will make our state a safer place.”

Bullet button: SB 47 (Yee): Bans modification tools that allow magazines to be rapidly detached and replaced on semi-automatic rifles. Passed on a 23-15 vote.

Shotgun Definition: SB 567 (Jackson): Updates the definition of a banned shotgun with a revolving cylinder to include the new technology of a shotgun-rifle combination. Passed on a 22-15 vote.

APPS Expansion: SB 755 (Wolk): Expands the Armed Prohibited Persons System (APPS) by adding additional drug and alcohol offenses. Passed on a 25-14 vote.

Fire arm safety certificate: SB 683 (Block): Expands the current handgun safety certificate to all new gun purchases, ensuring all new gun owners have a basic training and understanding of how their new firearm works. “It makes no sense to require safety certificates only for buyers of handguns but not of those buying rifles or shotguns,” Sen. Marty Block said. Passed on a 28-11 vote.

The LIFE Act bills now move to the Democrat-controlled Assembly, which has passed different gun control bills of its own.


Keeping A Shotgun At Home

People who keep a shotgun at home for their protection must remember that shotguns are to be cared for just like any other gun. A shotgun must be stored properly. A shotgun must have the right ammunition, and the shotgun owner must have the right equipment for shooting it. Shotgun owner must cover each category to make sure that they are the safest gun owners possible.


Everyone must store their shotgun in a place that makes it easy to protect and easy to access. Buying from a place like Grab A Gun Shotguns allows owners to get a storage cabinet or bag that will lock down the gun when it is not in use.

The carrying bag for the shotgun is something that can be used with the gun whenever the owner is traveling. These bags can be taken out into the wilderness when someone goes hunting, and the bag can be used when the gun is packed in the back of the car.


The ammunition for the shotgun must be kept alongside the gun at all times. The ammunition needs its own carrying case, and the storage area for the gun should also store the ammo.

When people purchase their ammunition, they need to make sure they purchase ammunition that matches their needs. Bird shot is good for hunting or protection in the home. There is ammunition designed for the shooting range, and there is ammunition designed for security detail.

Shooting Gear

People who shoot down at the gun range must have ear plugs and protective glasses for their shooting sessions. The shooting sessions are much safer when people have their ears and eyes covered.

Also, people who hunt need to have hunting vests. These vests allow people to be seen when they are in a hunting area with other hunters. The safety of the guns is just as important as the gun themselves.

When buying a shotgun to keep at home, people must make sure that they are buying all the right equipment for their shotgun. The ammunition, safety gear and storage equipment is necessary to keep the gun owner and family safe.