California voters approved Proposition 63 on Tuesday 63-37 percent, and gun rights activists aren’t happy about it.
Proposition 63, also known as the “Safety for All” bill, was proposed by California Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom. The proposition calls for expanded background checks, specifically background checks when purchasing ammunition and magazines. Those selling ammunition will also have to register for a license to do so. In other words, ammunition and magazine sales will now operate the same as gun sales. The proposition also bans large-capacity ammunition magazines (magazines capable of holding more than 10 rounds).
Attorney Chuck Michel, who is also the president of the California Rifle and Pistol Association (CRPA), claims that now – with a Republican president in office – is the time to take legal action against Proposition 63 and other questionable gun laws.
“With our victory in the presidential election, successful legal challenges will now be filed against all these new ill-conceived and unconstitutional laws, and those cases will be heard by a new Supreme Court that will see these laws as the Second Amendment violations that they are,” explained Michel in an official statement on Wednesday.
The CRPA, the National Rifle Association and a number of law enforcement and civil rights associations have come together under the Coalition for Civil Liberties to oppose the newly approved Proposition 63.
“Those activists are now a part of the self-defense civil rights coalition political action committee, and a grassroots activist force that anti-gun-owner politicians will have to reckon with for years to come,” said Michel in the same statement.
Michel and his coalition aren’t the only ones looking to overturn Proposition 63. Stop Prop 63, sponsored primarily by the California-based Firearms Policy Coalition (FPC), has also joined the potential legal battle.
“Following the historic election of Donald J. Trump, we look forward to challenging Proposition 63 and many other extreme gun control laws in federal courts that respect the original public meaning of our great Constitution and the unambiguous text, history, and tradition of the Second Amendment,” said Craig J. DeLuz, director of communications for the FPC, according to Guns.com.
Here are the new new gun control mandates under Proposition 63 and their effective dates, according to Gun Owners of California.
- Reporting mandate of lost and stolen guns: July 1, 2017
- “Large” capacity magazine possession ban: July 1, 2017
- Illegal ammunition transfers: Effective immediately
- Ammunition sales process (deadline for completion of regulations): January 1, 2018
- Ammunition vendor licensing requirement and ban on internet sales: January 1, 2018
- Limitations on ammunition displays: Effective date is unknown
- Registration of ammunition sales: January 1, 2019
- Ammunition purchase permits: January 1, 2019
- Local regulation of ammunition – not preempted: Effective immediately
- Confiscation of firearms from prohibited persons: January 1, 2018
Gun Owners of California, like Michel and DeLuz, also said, “The bottom line is that with the election of Donald Trump also comes an appointment to the Supreme Court. His promise to uphold the 2nd Amendment will put us in a solid position to fight in the courts, and this is the best, most stunning news we got last night.”