I am writing to show my support and concerns for the Bill 962 that was passed on September 11, but awaits your signature to become law.
I fully support the concept of full identity disclosure when buying ammunition and/or fire arms, however it seems that the law abiding citizens always suffer when strict laws are enforced. Tight restrictions do not seem to affect criminals.
The only issue I have with Bill 962 is the requirement for an employee to have face to face contact with the purchaser for the ammunition.
"Prohibit the retail sale, the offer for sale or the display of handgun ammunition in a manner that allows ammunition to be accessible to a purchaser without assistance of a vendor or employee."
Retail stores like Wal-Mart have the ammunition under glass but small stores and specialized firearm and ammunition retailers have the ammunition on shelves. The face to face contact occurs at the counter when the purchaser pays for the product.
I beleive that the stipulation for vendor or employee assistance is too vague. I can interpret that statement to mean that an employee or vendor must get the ammunition for the purchaser. The smaller specialized retailers will suffer as it will take away an employee just to go get the product. The economy is making things tight and this employee assistance will only stretch the retailers even more.
My 20 years of military service drilled the importance of fire arm safety and security and I am all for it- until the measures become too unreasonable or too blurry for law abiding citizens to comply with.
Thank you for your time.
Here is the email from Cabela's concerning the Bill:
To: Cabela's California Customers
From: Cabela's Communications
Subject: California Assembly Bill 962
Date: Sept. 22, 2009
We are writing to inform you of pending legislation that will restrict purchases of handgun ammunition in California and will terminate our ability to service your needs for certain products.
On Friday, Sept. 11, the California Assembly passed Assembly Bill 962, by a 44-31 vote.
Among other regulations, AB 962 would:
• Ban all mail-order and Internet sales of handgun ammunition.
• Prohibit the retail sale, the offer for sale or the display of handgun ammunition in a
manner that allows ammunition to be accessible to a purchaser without assistance of a
vendor or employee.
• Require that the delivery or transfer of ownership of handgun ammunition occur in a
face-to-face transaction, with the deliverer or transferor being provided bona fide
evidence of identity of the purchaser or other transferee.
That evidence of identity, which must be legibly recorded at the time of delivery, includes:
• The right thumbprint of the purchaser or transferee.
• The date of the sale or other transaction.
• The purchaser's or transferee's driver's license or other identification number and the
state in which it was issued.
• The brand, type and amount of ammunition sold or otherwise transferred.
• The purchaser's or transferee's signature.
• The name of the salesperson who processed the sale or other transaction.
• The purchaser's or transferee's full residential address and telephone number.
• The purchaser's or transferee's date of birth.
The bill is on the desk of Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, where it awaits his consideration. He will have until Oct. 11 to sign or veto the bill. If he does not veto the bill, it will become law.
If you wish to comment on AB 962, you may contact Gov. Schwarzenegger by phone at (916) 445-2841, or via fax at (916) 558-3160. To e-mail Gov. Schwarzenegger, visit
We encourage all Cabela's customers who participate in the shooting sports to contact Gov. Schwarzenegger to voice their opposition to this initiative, which will limit your opportunities to shop with Cabela's, and will restrict the sale of handgun ammunition everywhere in California.