California voters passed Proposition 63 Tuesday, which means new gun and ammunition regulations are on the way for the Central Valley. 63% of California voters approved of prop 63 helping the measure to pass despite the 53% percent of voters in Fresno County who voted no. Lawmakers say Prop 63 is aimed at cracking down on gun violence across the state, but the majority of voters in Fresno County say it creates headaches for responsible gun owners instead.
It’s not just the smoking gun California voters are concerned about, now it’s the bullets too.
“We’re going to treat ammunition the same way we treat guns. We had not been talking about the most dangerous component of a gun. That’s ammunition,’ California Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom told reporters.
Nicki Stallard contributed to the 53% in Fresno County who voted no on ammo regulation.
“Most rational people want to do something about crime and violence, but the problem is that if you look at the details prop 63 will do nothing,” said Stallard.
Stallard leads a Fresno Chapter of the LGBT-inclusive self defense group called the “Pink Pistols”.
“The people who will be disproportionately hurt will be people of limited income. This initiative will not only increase the cost of ammunition, but it will impact the availability,” said Stallard.
Jacob Belemjian owns “The Firing Line” in Clovis. He says background checks will cost money too.
“A huge cash cow because every person who buys a box of shells is going to have to pay $50 every other year, so $25 a year for everyone who buys ammunition,” said Belemjian.
He believes enforcing new ammo regulations will be the biggest challenge.
“I don’t think they fully understand the scope, the number of transactions on a daily basis that take place for ammunition,” said Belemjian.
Other elements of Prop 63 include limiting magazines to hold no more than 10 rounds and speeding up the process in taking guns from people who can’t legally have them.
The new regulations will go into effect over the next few years so residents and the state can prepare themselves for the transition.