LOS ANGELES – A California ballot initiative that opponents claim would lead to house-to-house gun confiscation leads in a statewide survey among registered voters.
Proposition 63, as it is called, is winning 64-28 percent, according to the USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times poll of 1,879 registered voters conducted by SurveyMonkey.
The proposition would ban magazines larger than 10 rounds. It also would:
- Require ammunition sales be made through licensed vendors.
- Require lost or stolen guns or ammo be reported to police.
- Require buyers pass a background check prior to purchasing ammunition.
“Millions of legal magazines will need to be sold out-of-state, taken out-of-state, or seized by law enforcement,” according to the Coalition for Civil Liberties, which opposes Proposition 63.
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Many legal firearms will only operate with “magazines that can hold more than 10 rounds, making them effectively illegal,” the coalition noted.
“This backdoor gun ban is not just on future sales, but forces you to surrender your existing private property to law enforcement,” it added.
The coalition asserted that Proposition 63, if passed, will lead to “house-to-house confiscation” of guns and magazines.
According to the text of the proposed law, anyone who is caught possessing an illegal magazine can be jailed for up to one year. Current owners of such magazines have three choices, according to the text: 1) remove it from the state, 2) sell it to a licensed dealer, or 3) surrender it to police “for destruction.”
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