A federal judge struck down a California law on Thursday that required purchasers of ammunition to undergo a background check.
The California Rifle & Pistol Association had asked the Judge to block the background check law with a preliminary injunction.
“The experiment has been tried. The casualties have been counted. California’s new ammunition background check law misfires and the Second Amendment rights of California citizens have been gravely injured,” Benitez wrote as part of his 120-page opinion.
“Criminals, tyrants, and terrorists don’t do background checks,” he continued. “The background check experiment defies common sense while unduly and severely burdening the Second Amendment rights of every responsible, gun-owning citizen desiring to lawfully buy ammunition.”
The law went into effect back in July of 2019, and prior to the law going live, a huge run on ammunition was seen in the state.
The state attorney general’s office spoke with AP and said that they are reviewing the decision, but haven’t stated whether or not they will appeal.