Ammo Is Freely Available Again In California

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Judge Benitez blocks California’s ammunition background check, deeming it unconstitutional, citing violation of citizens’ Second Amendment right to bear arms.

United States District Court Judge Roger T. Benitez issued a decision Tuesday blocking enforcement of California’s background check requirement for ammunition purchases.

California law requires that would-be ammunition purchasers submit to a background check like the check one undergoes to purchase a firearm.

The law implementing the ammunition background checks came from Senate Bill 1235, which usurped a permit-to-purchase scenario passed by California voters in 2016. The court challenge was directed toward SB 1235 and its chief enforcer, California Attorney General Rob Bonta.

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Benitez weighed the background check requirement in light of the Supreme Court’s Bruen (2023) decision and found it unconstitutional.

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He wrote, “The ammunition background checks laws have no historical pedigree and operate in such a way that they violate the Second Amendment right of citizens to keep and bear arms.”

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