22 Oct Proposition 63: Background Checks for Ammunition Purchases and Large-Capacity Ammunition Magazine Ban Initiative (NO)
Explanation: Proposition 63 would prohibit the possession of large-capacity ammunition magazines and would require most individuals to pass a background check and obtain authorization from the California Department of Justice to purchase ammunition.
BWW Analysis: At the time when it feels like there are mass shootings every month, this proposition attempts to make it harder for people to legally buy high capacity ammunition magazines. It also attempts to add an additional step to background checks prior to gun sales. Sounds all good, right? Well the tricky part about this bill is that it also creates a Proposition 47 loophole, where certain gun possession gets kicked back up to a felony. And that is not good. In addition, Prop 63 would create a new court process to make sure people convicted of felonies and other “prohibited individuals” do not continue to have firearms. It leaves the door open for probation officers to “check” for firearms, something that makes us feel a bit uncomfortable when applied in the real world.