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SB 53 - Requires Ammunition Purchasers to Undergo a Background Check - Key Vote

California Key Votes

Ted Gaines voted Nay (Passage) on this Legislation.

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Stage Details

Legislation - Bill Failed With Amendment (House) (-) -
Legislation - Bill Sent To Committee (House) -
Legislation - Bill Passed (Senate) (23-15) - (Key vote)

Title: Requires Ammunition Purchasers to Undergo a Background Check

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Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Vote to pass a bill that requires ammunition purchasers to undergo a state background check.

  • Prohibits an ammunition vendor from selling ammunition to any individual not listed as an authorized ammunition purchaser, beginning July 1, 2017 (Sec. 10).
  • Authorizes the Department of Justice to issue an ammunition purchase authorization to an applicant who meets the following conditions (Sec. 12):
    • The applicant is 18 years of age or older;
    • The applicant is not prohibited from acquiring or possessing ammunition by the laws of the state, as determined by a state background check; and
    • The applicant pays certain administration fees.
  • Requires the Department to maintain records of ammunition purchase authorizations and ammunition transactions (Sec. 1). 
  • Requires the Department give a copy of the ammunition purchase authorization list to law enforcement agencies for the purpose of law enforcement activities and to licensed ammunition vendors for the purpose of conducting ammunition sales (Sec. 12).
  • Requires an ammunition vendor to be licensed in order to sell ammunition, effective July 1, 2015 (Sec. 13).
  • Authorizes the Department to charge vendor license applicants a fee not to exceed $50 (Sec. 13).
  • Specifies that the term ammunition does not include blank cartridges for the purposes of this bill (Secs. 4, 6, 12 & 13).
Legislation - Introduced (Senate) -

Title: Requires Ammunition Purchasers to Undergo a Background Check



  • Mark R. Leno (CA - D) (Out Of Office)
  • Nancy Skinner (CA - D) (Out Of Office)
  • Darrell S. Steinberg (CA - D) (Out Of Office)
  • Leland Yee (CA - D) (Out Of Office)
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