California's Ammo Background Checks Database Reinstated by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals

The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals has granted a stay of California's ammunition background checks hours after a federal judge overturned the law. U.S. District Judge Roger Benitez had blocked the law, terming it as convoluted and onerous. He added that it piled undue pressure on law-abiding citizens, while criminals, tyrants, and terrorists ignored it altogether. Judge Benitez also denied the state the stay order pushing it to the 9th circuit which, almost immediately granted the state's wish to continue using the faulty database.


California's Proposition 63 requires checking customers' details against the California Department of Justice's database before making any ammo purchases. The system has locked thousands of law-abiding citizens from legally purchasing ammunition, according to California Rifle and Pistol Association president Chuck Michel.


According to other gun rights groups, the information on the database mismatches the data on citizens' identity cards. Additionally, information for a lot of Californians is also missing from the system. Because of the system errors, it rejects every one in five purchases despite the firearm owners qualifying for the purchase. Some residents have also been forced to buy a firearm in order to qualify for ammo purchases.

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The system has also a very low probability of stopping an illegal purchase while locking out a lot of legal purchases. According to Sacramento Bee, 101 criminals were prevented from purchasing firearms out of 345,547 attempts while 62,000 were rejected for lack of information in the database. Despite the massive failures of the system, California's Attorney General Xavier Becerra praises the system saying it has stopped 750 criminals from purchasing ammunition.


When asked about the rejection rates of the system, AG Becerra says the failure rates have fallen from 20% to about 15%. He also claims that the system improves with every second purchase by 44%. It is unfathomable how the system improves security by locking out law-abiding citizens while doing almost nothing at stopping criminals.

Meanwhile, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick is pushing universal background checks in our state, and if left unchecked, it will not be long until we see bills like this getting traction in Austin. Texas is embarrassingly ranked 29th for gun rights, and with the help of the political elites in Austin, we will surely rank among New York, California, and Illinois if left to their own devices. Please join our fight today, and help us restore Texas' place as the standard for the U.S.

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