California Gun Control Lawmakers have been dealt another significant blow by Judge Roger Benitez. Many in the firearms community lovingly refer to the federal judge as “Saint Benitez” following his previous rulings which have aided California gun owners in the past. This time, he has graced gun owners in the Golden State with another blessing, this time striking down some of the state’s most restrictive ammunition purchasing hurdles.
Judge Benitez ruled in Rhode v. Bonta case today that the state’s ammunition restrictions violate the Second Amendment. Judge Benitez’s ruling effectively blocks some of the most restrictive ammunition purchasing restrictions in the nation. Prior to this ruling, Californians were subject to background checks, import restrictions, and other hassles when it comes to acquiring ammunition. Prospective ammunition buyers had to get their ammunition shipped to an FFL. This meant that buyers often incurred fees and had to travel to and from wherever their ammunition shipped.
Legally speaking the ruling does far more than act as a temporary injunction. The lack of an immediate stay in this ruling by Judge Benitez essentially makes it illegal for California to enforce these ammunition restrictions. This decision is effective immediately, meaning that the restrictions are as good as dead for the time being. As of right now, if you live in California, you can purchase ammunition without any hurdles. Ammunition can be purchased online and shipped directly to your door. Californian ammunition buyers will no longer have to go through an FFL just to acquire their ammunition anymore. The ammunition background check process is suspended and rendered null and void. As long as the ammunition is legal to own in California, you can get it.
While this is undoubtably good news, it does come with caveats. This ruling only applies to ammunition purchases. While this decision is reminiscent of the famous “Freedom Week” from a few years ago, magazines are not included in this ruling. It should also be known that previous ammunition restrictions on calibers such as .50 BMG still apply. This means that while ammunition may ship straight to Californian doors now, they still cannot order these restricted calibers. Finally, it must be acknowledged that this decision can be overruled at any time. This has unfortunately been demonstrated with “Freedom Week” and other instances in the past. Due to this fact, prospective ammunition buyers should take action now so they do not potentially miss out.
If you live in California, you should take advantage of this great opportunity to make unimpeded ammunition purchases. As stated before, this decision can be reversed at any time. If you need ammo, buy while this window is open and exercise the freedom which should never have been taken away from you in the first place. This victory in the courts is encouraging and is hopefully a sign of more positive things to come in the Golden State. As always, happy shooting and get stocked up while you can.
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