Berkley's Skinner Aims to Regulate Gun Sales

By Christie Smith
|  Monday, Jan 7, 2013  |  Updated 12:13 PM PDT
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Nancy Skinner, D-Berkeley, introduces AB 48, a bill to regulate and track ammunition sales.

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They stood on Monday morning in front of the State of California building in Oakland, a city that saw 131 homicides in 2012.

 With that in mind and the recent mass shooting in  Newtown, Conn., Assemblywoman Nancy Skinner, D-Berkeley, unveiled a new bill that would regulate and track ammunition sales.

Skinner said the bill would establish procedures and restrictions similiar to those that cover gun sales in California.  Ammunition sellers would have to be licensed, buyers would have to show valid identification. 

Other parts of the bill would include: sales would be reported to the Department of Justice, large purchases of ammunition would be reported to local law enforcement, and kits  that convert feeding devices into high powered magazines would be banned. 

Skinner said this was not so much about a casual hunter.  It's more about raising a red flag on someone who is buying 5,000 or 6,000 rounds in a short amount of time, she said.   

Oakland City Councilmember Rebecca Kaplan said, "AB48 is critical because we need bullet control." 

In Sacramento, committees are expected to begin taking up AB48 late next month.

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