California background checks for ammunition have ‘no historical’ basis: Judge

A U.S. federal district court judge ruled Wednesday that California cannot enforce a law requiring people to undergo background checks to purchase ammunition, holding that the law has “no historical pedigree” and violates the Second Amendment.

“A sweeping background check requirement imposed every time a citizen needs to buy ammunition is an outlier that our ancestors would have never accepted for a citizen,” wrote U.S. District Judge Roger Benitez, an appointee of former President George W. Bush.

Benitez, who, in recent years, has ruled against California’s gun control measures, based his decision in part on the 2022 Supreme Court decision known as New York State Rifle & Pistol Association v. Bruen, which held that gun laws that are not rooted in the nation’s history and tradition of firearms laws, or
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