Anybody notice what Schwarzenegger signed into law? Buyers of ammunition will be required to register and be thumbprinted at point of sale to buy ammunition, and sellers will have to maintain records on the premises for five years.
I can only imagine where this is going next. People are going to complain about it, so no doubt the state will "compromise" in order to ease the burden on the law abiding via a license or card that will eliminate the need for fingerprinting, etc with each transaction.
Of course, that immediately raises several questions. First, how do you prevent straw purchases? Obviously, if someone is trying to buy .357 ammo and they don't own a .357, they're helping a criminal right? So maybe we should require gun owners to register their weapons so ammo purchases can be verified as legitimate? And surely the only reason someone would purchase large amounts of ammunition would be to help someone else skirt the law. So maybe we should put limits in effect -- like 100 rounds a month?
This really sounds expensive to administer, doesn't it? Kalifornia is in financial trouble, and people don't want to expand state spending. Why pass that burden on to the general population when you can enact a tax on ammunition to fund the program?
How do you prevent criminals from going across state lines to buy their ammo? How about a tax stamp on each box that has to stay with the ammo?
Wait a minute...there's people reloading out there, and that would skirt the program. Hmmm...we probably ought to regulate reloaders as "ammunition manufacturers" and require them to maintain records and buy tax stamps. Obviously there would be fees involved. And then people might have issues with ammunition manufacturers setting up operations in residential areas -- there's always ordinances that can fix that.
Of course, none of this affects your Constitutional right to own a firearm. It's just "common sense," right?