SAN DIEGO- Federal Judge Roger Benitez issued an injunction against proposition 63, passed in 2016, which required background checks and a fee for Californians to legally buy ammunition as well as banning high capacity magazines. In his 120 page opinion saying, “California’s new ammunition background check law misfires, and the Second Amendment rights of California citizens have been gravely injured”.
Benitez ruled that the law went too far, penalizing legal gun owners and inhibiting their ability to obtain ammo for “sport or self-defense” as the California Rifle and Pistol Association president Chuck Michel said in a statement in response to the ruling.
Judge Benitez added, “Criminals, tyrants and terrorists don’t do background checks” noting that while the law hindered legal gun owners it did “nothing to stop criminals”.
The State Attorney General Xavier Becerra has not yet issued a statement as to whether or not the state will appeal the ruling.