Assemblywoman, Nancy Skinner introduced an over-reactive, misplaced piece of legislation that’s based on a cough medicine law that has failed to curb methamphetamine production. It will affect all law-abiding gun-owning citizens, taxpayers, businesses, and the California economy. Her Assembly Bill 48, requires identification for all ammunition sales, which would be sent to the State Justice Department; notifying law enforcement of “large quantity” purchases, and creating/maintaining a registry.
• Skinner hopes to gamble large amounts of California taxpayer money on an illogical theory of preventing massacres, which she admits are, “rare occurrences”. She praises a law that limits the sale of Sudafed in a failed effort to prevent meth production… meanwhile looking the other way when SSRI / psychotropic medications are linked to most massacres and have been scientifically proven to create violent behavior and suicidal tendencies.
• It will send absurd red flags to law enforcement when honest sport shooters and hunters that commonly fire hundreds of rounds per day buy their ammunition.
• It will drive California business out to bordering states like Nevada which does not have the same wammunition limits.
• The bill is modeled on the utopian idea that murder, mental illness, and deeper societal problems can be legislated-away by reducing the number of bullets someone can buy. UK, China, Japan, and other extreme gun-controlled nations have all experienced several recent knife massacres and increased stabbing deaths in the absence of firearms/ammunition, and are now considering new laws that continue the wild goose chase toward banning pointed kitchen knives. In fact, according to the most recent FBI statistics, violent crime has dropped while gun ownership increased.
• Somehow we’re to believe that criminals who commit one of the most heinous illegal acts- murder, will feel compelled to follow the law under AB48, instead of obtaining ammunition illegally like meth producers under Skinner's idealized Sudafed law. The facts say otherwise. The demand for illegal ammunition could create a new black market that will increase crime and allow criminals to profit.
• AB48 also overlooks that the nation's most secure and surveilled location is jail, which has a no-gun/no-drug policy, yet people still murder with sharpened toothbrushes.
Until our State Representatives recognize the actual mental, societal, educational, familial, economic, and pharmacuetical causes of violence, we’re bound to continue this blind pursuit of unobtainable goals, leaving invasions of privacy, violations of Constitutional rights, and waste of taxpayer dollars in its wake.
As a constituent, I urge you NOT to support Assembly Bill 48 for fiscal year 2013.
The natural right to possess a firearm and ammunition is protected by the Second Amendment and is embraced by law-abiding citizens. Data from the F.B.I. and foreign countries does not support the theory that firearm and ammunition limitations will reduce crime; in fact, it indicates a rise in violent crime. Gambling taxpayers’ money on an illogical theory that criminalizes California’s gun-owners isn’t right, especially when data points to other influences.
• U.S. violent crime rate has dropped for the 5th consecutive year as gun ownership has increased, according to the F.B.I.
• Violent crime has risen by 40-50% in the UK and Australia after gun and ammo bans.
• UK, China, Japan and other gun/ammo-controlled nations have experienced several recent knife massacres in the absence of firearms- therefore we cannot expect an ammunition regulation to resolve massacres.
• Gang violence in large metropolitan areas account for a majority of gun related homicides, according to CDC.
• More annual homicides are attributed to hammers, clubs, and knives than rifles and shotguns combined, according to the F.B.I.
• Criminals don’t abide by gun laws; therefore AB48 will only criminalize law-abiding citizens.
• Psychotropic medications (SSRI) are linked to most massacres and scientifically proven to create violent behavior and suicidal tendencies, According to the FDA.
• Sport shooters and hunters commonly use hundreds of rounds of ammunition every day; AB48 will subject them to investigations of each sale.
• Total data is not collected by the State for crimes prevented by firearms, but a 1994 survey conducted by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that Americans use guns to frighten away intruders who are breaking into their homes about 498,000 times per year.
• Limiting ammunition sales and requiring background checks will create a demand for illegal ammunition, either by creation of a black market or by means of “Smurfers” which methamphetamine producers use to skirt the law regulating Sudafed.
• AB48 will drive business out to states that do not have the same ammunition limits.
Please do not support AB48. Concerned citizens including law enforcement, mental health officials, educators, legal personnel, and veterans are overwhelmingly speaking loud and clear– they demand restoring funding for mental health, education, law enforcement, and investing in gun safety. These concerns and solutions were also echoed at, "Prevention Of Gun Violence Public Forum" in Santa Rosa, California. They want more effort put into better understanding and responding to the influences that lead to violence that are largely ignored, like SSRI medications that both the psychology field and FDA warn create violent and suicidal behavior. Peer-reviewed studies* agree, SSRI’s need new legislation to tighter regulate usage and production, while providing safer alternatives. All of this can be done without infringing on natural rights protected under the Constitution, criminalizing law-abiding citizens, or affecting the economy. Thank you for your consideration.
*American Journal of Psychiatry, The Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, and The Journal of Forensic Science