A federal judge in California has just blocked the California law which required a gun owner to go through a background check before buying ammunition:
NBC NEWS – A federal judge Thursday blocked background checks for ammunition buyers in California, calling the state’s law on the matter “onerous and convoluted.”
San Diego-based U.S. District Judge Roger Benitez granted a preliminary injunction against the rule after plaintiffs, including the California Rifle and Pistol Association and six-time Olympic medalist skeet shooter Kim Rhode, sued the state.
In 2016, Golden State voters approved Proposition 63, which included the background checks as well as a ban on high-capacity magazines for firearms. The same judge halted sales of the magazines as the state appeals another court challenge.
But in this case, Benitez was unequivocal.
“California’s new ammunition background check law misfires, and the Second Amendment rights of California citizens have been gravely injured,” he wrote. “In this action, Plaintiffs seek a preliminary injunction enjoining California’s onerous and convoluted new laws requiring ammunition purchase background checks and implementing ammunition anti-importation laws.”
The judge argued that the checks hurt legal ammo buyers while doing little to prevent criminals from obtaining firepower. “Criminals, tyrants and terrorists don’t do background checks,” Benitez wrote.
I love Judge Benitez’s statement that “Criminals, tyrants and terrorists don’t do background checks”. It’s absolutely the truth and one that Democrats always lie about. Benitez should know something about tyrants, by the way, as he was born in Havana, Cuba.
According to California Rifle and Pistol Association president Chuck Michel, it wasn’t just the lie that this was about safety that made this law onerous. He also notes “in truth, red tape and the state’s disastrous database errors made it impossible for hundreds of thousands of law-abiding Californians to purchase ammunition for sport or self-defense.” When the judge said “the Second Amendment rights of California citizens have been gravely injured”, he wasn’t kidding.
Judge Benitez was nominated to his position by George W. Bush, in case you were wondering.