The State of California, already on the books with some of the strongest gun control laws in the nation, is set to pass Proposition 63 on the November ballot by a two-thirds majority.
Proposition 63 by Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom would require background checks for those who buy ammunition, prohibit possession of large-capacity ammo magazines, and establish procedures for taking guns from felons and others not authorized to have them.
- Requires individuals to pass a background check and obtain Department of Justice authorization to purchase ammunition.
- Prohibits possession of large-capacity ammunition magazines, and requires their disposal, as specified.
- Requires most ammunition sales be made through licensed ammunition vendors and reported to Department of Justice.
- Requires lost or stolen firearms and ammunition be reported to law enforcement.
- Prohibits persons convicted of stealing a firearm from possessing firearms.
- Establishes new procedures for enforcing laws prohibiting firearm possession.
- Requires Department of Justice to provide information about prohibited persons to federal National Instant Criminal Background Check System.
Supporters of the proposition have been vocal, and make the following arguments in support of the initiative:
- The proposition would keep guns and ammunition out of the wrong hands by closing loopholes in existing law.
- The proposition would protect the rights of law-abiding citizens to own guns for self-defense, hunting, and recreation.
- The proposition would address the issue of illegally armed felons.
On the other side of the issue, opponents stress the destruction of civil liberties
- The proposition would burden law-abiding citizens who own firearms.
- The proposition would not keep terrorists and violent criminals from accessing firearms and ammunition.
- The proposition would divert resources away from local law enforcement and burden an already overburdened court system.
- The proposition would make Californians less safe and would waste public resources and money.
- The proposition would be difficult for the legislature to amend.