Ammunition purchases in California require a background check, according to a state law that took effect Monday.
California voters passed Proposition 63 in November 2016, making California the first state in the country to require all buyers to go through background checks for the purchase of ammunition, according to USA Today.
“This is about preventing all forms of gun violence and ensuring were doing everything we can, through a second-long background check, to ensure that people with the most significant histories of criminal violence, or severe mental health impairments, are not able to access [guns],” said Ari Freilich, legislative affairs director for San Franciscos Giffords Law Center.
A pedestrian walks past a gun shop in San Gabriel, California, on Aug. 27, 2015. (Photo by FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images)
“The biggest question on peoples minds is what the process is going to be like, and how burdened someones going to be,” Alexander Reyes, owner of the Martin B. Retting gun shop in Culver City, California, told USA Today.
Californians must pass a point-of-sale background check every time they purchase ammunition. In addition, ammunition sales must take place in person. If gun owners buy ammunition online, it must be shipped to a gun shop for pickup, where they will must undergo a background check.
If the customers background information is not already available in the Department of Justice database, they will have to pay $20 for their first check, which may take additional time to process. Future checks will only add $1 for additional ammunition purchases.