SacBee: New California law restricting ammunition sales sparks buying frenzy

Anti-gun activists claim that record sales are proof that gun control is not keeping people from exercising their right to keep and bear arms. In actuality, people are starting to realize that they need to exercise their rights before they are gone.

via Sacramento Bee:

Gun shows are frequent events and usually laid back, but the one staged on Aug. 20 at the former McClellan Air Force Base near Sacramento had a noticeably frenzied ambiance.

While many attendees just wandered from table to table, looking at firearms for sale, others were lined up five and six deep at a booth against the wall – one with hundreds of plastic cases, each filled with 500 or more rounds of ammunition and priced well under retail store prices.

It was not uncommon for customers to purchase a half-dozen or more, some using hand trucks to move the heavy boxes to their cars. And as they waited in line, their chatter left no doubt why.

The show was staged just weeks after Gov. Jerry Brown signed a half-dozen new gun control laws, including one requiring background checks for ammunition purchasers, similar to those already required for gun buyers.

California already had the nation’s most restrictive gun laws before Brown signed the new bills. Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom’s measure on the Nov. 8, ballot, Proposition 63, would go even further on regulation.

The McClellan show’s buying frenzy was what happens after every new political effort to make it more difficult to acquire guns and ammunition: those who resent the hassle stock up.

“Every single time the politicians start talking about firearms or increasing regulation, folks start to realize this is a right that if I don’t exercise it, I may lose it,” Craig DeLuz of the California Association of Federal Firearms Licensees said last year as the state neared a record for gun sales. “It’s not the sole motivator, but it’s a significant motivator.”

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