California legislators yesterday advanced a dozen gun-control measures, including background checks for ammunition buyers, reports the Los Angeles Times. Mass shootings such as the one in Newtown, Ct., in December spurred Democratic lawmakers to look for ways to tighten California’s gun laws, already some of the nation’s toughest.
Californians who want to buy ammunition would have to submit personal information and a $50 fee for a background check by the state, under a bill passed by the Senate. The state Department of Justice would determine whether buyers have a criminal record, severe mental illness, or a restraining order that would disqualify them from owning guns. Ammo shops would check the name on buyers’ driver’s licenses against a state list of qualified purchasers. The Assembly joined the action on guns by passing a measure to require the state Department of Justice to notify local law enforcement agencies when someone buys more than 3,000 rounds of ammunition. The bill would ban kits that convert magazines to carry more than 10 rounds and would extend a ban on gun ownership for anyone who conveys a serious threat of violence to a licensed psychotherapist.