Appeals court lets California impose ammunition background checks for now

A divided federal appeals court on Monday said California can proceed with enforcing a law requiring people to undergo background checks each time they purchase firearms ammunition.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit ruled 2-1 to pause last week’s decision by U.S. District Judge Roger Benitez, who found that the background checks law violated the Second Amendment and did not conform with the nation’s history and tradition of firearms laws.

In this Thursday, March 1, 2018, photo Remington rifle ammunition is shown at Duke’s Sport Shop in New Castle, Pa. | (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

The Democratic-led Golden State asked the appeals court to intervene and issue a stay while it appealed the ruling by Benitez, an appointee of former President George W. Bush who has a history of ruling against other state gun laws.

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