Ammo 'solution' would create bureaucracy

I do not support the ammunition-control bills before the Legislature.

As H.L. Mencken said, for every difficult problem there's a solution that's simple, neat and wrong.

These proposals would create another cumbersome bureaucracy -- regulate, harass and tax honest citizens -- and not improve the problem.

A David Brooks column recently pointed out that proactive policing, mentoring, gang eradication, incarceration rates, and so forth, have reduced violence and murder dramatically, but that other studies have shown gun-control efforts have not.

A Thomas Sowell column earlier this month pointed out that hundreds of thousands of people have defended themselves from violence by having, but usually not firing, guns -- pertinent facts that are very rarely mentioned in the media.

As someone else has pointed out, criminals and the deranged will not register to buy ammunition, they'll just steal it.

In other words, the bills, if enacted, would increase government monitoring of and costs to gun owners, but would not better the situation they are purported to address.

Ross M. Laverty

Kensington

Plan to track ammo is expensive, useless

I do not support the ammunition-control bills in the Legislature.

Every bullet I buy will be reported to the Department of Justice for a new California ammunition database. They do not have a clue as to the massive amount of ammunition sold every day in this state.

If I buy 3,000 bullets a week, my local law enforcement department will be notified. Is that so it can intimidate me? Raid my home? Scare me? Watch me day and night? I couldn't give my wife a box of ammunition that I purchased to go to the shooting range; I would be guilty of a crime.

As to quantity, doesn't everyone buy the giant economy size to save money? Ammunition is expensive.

If a bullet is found lying in the street, there is no possible way you can tell who bought it. Of course, as with any of these new proposals, no criminal is going to buy ammunition where the purchase can be put into the new database.

Useless, and very expensive.

David Pastor

Pleasanton

Supports measures before Legislature

I heartily support the ammunition-control bills before the Legislature.

How much longer must we lose innocent individuals for a supposed Second Amendment issue? This amendment refers to a militia, not to jackboots who want to swing their guns and their egos.

Albert J. Rothman

Livermore

We need to enact tough bullet regulations

Previously, in a nod to Sen. Dianne Feinstein's assault-weapons bill, I wrote that simply limiting detachable magazines to 10 rounds was the constitutionally superior and least intrusive way to give gun victims a fighting chance to defend themselves against spree-shooters as in Tucson and Newtown. It forces the assailants to pause to reload.

I was recently razzed on the Times website for that modest proposal by a cross-examiner who said, "What will Ed and Dianne Feinstein do when in just a few short years 3-D printers ... will allow both guns and HCM's (high-capacity magazines) to be printed out at home?"

Was that interpolation respectable science-fiction or just another diversionary attempt to obfuscate today's real gun-violence problems?

Well, the writer has convinced me our resolution is now clear: We must enact strong and restrictive bullet regulations.

Bullet regulations are constitutional, because as strict constructionists will confirm, shooters can still make their own musket-balls, bullets and black-powder, as they did when the Constitution was written.

After all, as they say, guns don't kill people -- people firing bullets kill people.

Ed Chainey

Richmond

Guns help the people put fear in government

Gun control bills that are being processed in various state legislatures in this nation, including California, are useless, ineffective, impossible to enforce, counterproductive to self-defense from criminals, and designed to weaken and destroy the Second Amendment to our Bill of Rights.

The adage that says if guns are taken from the citizenry, only criminals will have guns is an axiom, not a slogan.

Chicago, a city with the most restrictive gun control laws in our country, is also the murder and crime capital of our nation. The 20-year federal ban of assault weapons did nothing to curb gun use in crimes and neither will further gun control legislation.

Benighted politicians are, once again, posturing, hoping voters will be deluded into re-electing them to continue their incompetence and corruption.

Please remember the wisdom of Thomas Jefferson who said: "When the people fear their government, there is tyranny; when the government fears the people, there is liberty."

The Founders gave us the Second Amendment to keep government from, inherently, becoming a tyranny. We must not fail them.

Ernest Hampson

Pittsburg

State bills regulating ammo unconstitutional

I am opposed to every one of the ammunition-control bills before California's Legislature. They are an infringement of the Constitution's Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms, as upheld by the Supreme Court.

Criminals will continue to obtain ammunition by illegal means. The bills are intended to punish law-abiding citizens who are gun owners for the actions of criminals.

The most iniquitous of these bills is SB 53, which would require anyone wishing to purchase any type of ammunition to obtain an annual permit from the California Department of Justice; the fee would be $50 or more.

This would be an intolerable burden on law-abiding citizens wishing to purchase ammunition and create another enormous bureaucracy which California cannot afford.

Every one of these bills should be either voted down in the Legislature or vetoed by Gov. Jerry Brown. The "liberal" Democratic legislators in California should stop their constant step-by-step attacks on the right of law-abiding citizens to keep and bear arms.

David R. Russell

Berkeley

The state shouldn't make me a criminal

Democratic Assemblywoman Nancy Skinner has introduced AB 48 for review. This bill would make it legal only for gun dealerships to transfer ammunition to a private party.

Therefore, it would make it illegal for me to share my ammunition with my son, my father, or my friend when at the target range or out hunting.

The bill would make it mandatory that only dealerships that sell firearms be able to sell ammunition. Many gun ownership groups that encourage safe and responsible gun ownership will be in jeopardy.

Target-shooting ranges and groups, such as duck and pheasant hunting clubs and marksmen's clubs, depend heavily on revenues from ammunition sales to help fund their businesses. These businesses, which promote safe and responsible gun ownership, have a variety of classes on the handling and safe use of firearms and are an asset to the community.

Under AB 48, these businesses would not be able to sell ammunition, because they don't sell firearms.

Make me responsible -- not a criminal.

Randy Martinez

Martinez