In this photo taken Tuesday, June 11, 2019, Chris Puehse, left owner of Foothill Ammo helps a customer at his shop in Shingle Springs, Calif. Californians will have to undergo criminal background checks every time they buy ammunition starting July 1 under a 2016 voter-approved ballot initiative. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

California to require background checks for ammo purchases

June 25, 2019 - 6:39 pm

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Starting Monday, California will require criminal background checks for every ammunition purchase.

Gov. Gavin Newsom touted the state's latest attempt to deter gun violence at a news conference Tuesday, saying it will save lives.

Opponents are suing in hopes of eventually undoing a law they said places an unfair burden on millions of law-abiding gun owners.

Voters approved the checks in 2016 and set an effective date of July 1. Ammunition dealers are seeing a surge in sales as customers stock up before the requirement takes effect.

State officials expect 13.2 million checks for individual ammunition purchases each year.

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