California’s law that requires background checks when purchasing ammunition is back in place.
A federal appeals court on Monday declared a previous judge’s ruling as unconstitutional.
The big picture: The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled 2-1 against the law.
- That strikes down a ruling by U.S. District Judge Roger Benitez, which held that background checks for ammunition purchases violated the Second Amendment.
- The two judges who ruled against Benitez’s ruling – Richard Clifton and Holly Thomas – did not provide an explanation in their ruling, outside of citing case law that set the precedent for granting a stay.
- Judge Consuelo Callahan wrote in her dissenting opinion that she believed California Attorney General Rob Bonta would not meet the burden of showing a likelihood of success.
What they’re saying: Bonta called the law a “crucial tool in the fight against gun violence” in a statement he released Tuesday.
- “California’s life-saving ammunition laws will remain in effect as we continue to defend them in court,” Bonta said. “With the proliferation of self-assembled, fully-functional, and unserialized ‘ghost guns’, these ammunition laws serve as a backstop to the use of firearms by prohibited persons. We have a long fight ahead, but today, we can breathe a bit easier knowing that our ammunition laws remain enforceable while we make our case in court and continue to defend laws that guard against gun violence in California.”