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San Francisco Supervisor: Register All Ammunition Purchases

By Robert Farago on July 15, 2015

"Supervisor Mark Farrell is set to put in a public request at today's San Francisco Board of Supervisors meeting to begin drafting legislation that would require the videotaping of all gun and ammunition sales within San Francisco," reports, "and require the regular storage and electronic transmission of ammunition sales data to the San Francisco Police Department." Big Brother much? Oh yeah. And there's Marky Mark's rationale . . .

The goals of the gun control package are to prevent and detect illegal trafficking of firearms and ammunition; prevent the loss and theft of firearms and ammunition from dealers; prevent and detect the sale of firearms and ammunition by dealers to persons who are prohibited by law from possessing these items, and protect overall public safety, Ferrell's office reports.

"Protecting overall public safety." POPS. Catchy isn't it? Let's just hope this justification for pissing on the United States Constitution doesn't catch on. You know; more than it already has. Before you trot out Franklin's quote about liberty and safety, note that the scheme is gun registration taken to the next level. Like this:

The package would also require any permittee who has the proper documentation to sell or transfer ammunition to keep records of their ammunition sales and transfer data for up to five-years, and electronically transmit the ammunition sales data at least weekly to the SFPD. The SFPD would develop the forms and information that would need to be regularly transmitted to the department, and at a minimum will include:

  1. (1) The date of the transaction;
  2. (2) The name, address and date of birth of the transferee;
  3. (3) The number of the transferee's current driver's license or other government issued identification card containing a photograph of the transferee, and the name of the governmental authority that issued it;
  4. (4) The brand, type, caliber or gauge, and amount of ammunition transferred;
  5. (5) The transferee's signature; and
  6. (6) The name of the permittee's agent or employee who processed the transaction.
San Francisco has a large population of homosexual residents. Despite the city's friendliness to the LGBT community, they are still targets for violent attack. Why would anyone think that this new gun control regime would reduce the likelihood of an assault on LGBT Americans? Or anyone else? And why wouldn't anyone think that this system sets the stage for government abuse (i.e., "proactive" police raids on citizens who buy "large" amounts of ammo)?

California craziness continues.

Registering ammo sales has been tried before: Federal Ammunition Sales Regulation: A Proven Failure
In 1986, the director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms supported eliminating the record keeping requirement: "The Bureau and the [Treasury] Department have recognized that current recordkeeping requirements for ammunition have no substantial law enforcement value."