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January 18, 2011

Court Declares California “Handgun Ammunition” Registration Unconstitutional


Earlier today a California Superior Court in Fresno enjoined enforcement of AB 962, enacted in 2009, that would have required all purchases of “handgun ammunition” to be registered.  The statute also would have mandated that firearms retailers fingerprint law-abiding customers like common criminals and would have banned mail-order ammunition sales.   The law’s definition of  “handgun ammunition” was so vague and ill-defined that the court declared the law constitutionally void.  Kudos to the National Rifle Association and the California State Rifle and Pistol Association Foundation for this important victory.