California is the first state in the country to now require background checks for ammunition purchases.
The new Californian law forces gun owners to pick up bullets in person in the store. If the customer buys the bullets online, they must be shipped to a gun shop for pickup. Gun owners are now subjected to a background check every time they are purchasing ammunition, even though they may already be registered with the state.
In addition to wasting time and money, this new law could potentially send buyers across state lines for ammo, which would hurt businesses in California.
Californian hunters are also facing new regulations. They are now being required to use non-lead ammunition or face fines that range from $500 to $5,000. Advocates for this new regulation argue that switching to non-toxic ammunition protects hunters from lead exposure as well as protect wildlife from illness or death.