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Baltimore deputy police commissioner robbed at gun point

Deputy Police Commissioner Daniel Murphy

I wondered why a member of the police department wouldn’t be carrying while out and about in Baltimore. My question was answered when I saw his picture.

From Baltimore Sun: One of Baltimore’s newest deputy police commissioners and his wife were robbed at gunpoint Friday night near Patterson Park, police said.

Deputy Commissioner Daniel Murphy and his wife were approached around 9 p.m. by four men in a large white SUV at the 2200 block of East Pratt Street, police said in a statement. Two approximately 18-year-old men got out of the SUV and approached the couple. The men announced it was a robbery, showed a gun and fled with a wallet, a purse, some cash and multiple cell phones, the press release said.

No one was injured.

Commissioner Michael Harrison, and the two men worked together in the New Orleans police department. In New Orleans, Murphy was the deputy superintendent of compliance for its consent decree, and was tapped by Harrison to oversee the Baltimore Police Department’s compliance with its own, similar federal consent decree.

In an April interview with the Sun, Murphy talked about the similarities between the two cities, and the challenges.

“I think the challenges are very similar” in Baltimore and New Orleans, Murphy said. “Obviously, every community, every police department is unique, but the success we had in New Orleans is directly transferable to here and we will modify it as necessary.”

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Shocker, not: Washington state gun laws didn’t prevent ICE detention center Antifa goon from illegally obtaining firearm

Antifa terrorist Van Spronsen taken out by law enforcement

The man who was shot to death outside of the Tacoma immigration detention center was a self-described Antifa anarchist identified as William Van Spronsen (69 years old). He showed up at the facility armed with a rifle and was throwing “incendiary devices.”

Police shot him dead.

According to journalist Andy Ngo, who himself was attacked by Antifa goons in Portland, Tacoma police say the dead man aimed his rifle at officers & refused to drop the gun. He was shot & killed by them. The rifle was recovered at the scene & appears to have malfunctioned during his attack.

Now the News Tribune reports that this dead Antifa anarchist should never have been in possession of a gun. From their report:

“His now ex-wife wrote in a petition seeking a protection orders in January that Van Spronsen talked of dying at the hands of police or of an intentional heroin overdose and that he took their school-age son to what she called militia meetings.

“He would also talk about dying for a cause and anarchist actions,” she wrote, among other concerns. “This was near the end of our marriage. I found it very scary and upsetting because I believed he would do it, even if it hurt someone and even if he died as a result.”

The protection order that followed in February made it illegal for him to have firearms.

Read the whole story here.

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Pediatric study claims fewer kids die from guns in states with stricter laws

This study was conducted for only a five-year period.

They speak about “mandated universal background checks” as if some states don’t even have UBCs.

From Yahoo (via USA Today): Children living in states with more restrictions on firearms are less likely to die from them, a new study says.

States with the strictest gun laws had about 40% fewer firearm-related deaths among children compared with states with the most lax laws, according to the study, published Monday in journal Pediatrics.

“This means, that we may be able to reduce the pediatric death toll in our country by nearly half with strengthened gun safety laws,” lead author Monika Goyal told USA TODAY.

Her team also found that states mandating universal background checks prior to gun purchases had 35% lower gun-related mortality rates in children.

Goyal, an epidemiologist and research director of the emergency division of Children’s National pediatric hospital in Washington, D.C., said she feels compelled to find ways to prevent gun violence – which many say has become a public health crisis. “As a pediatric emergency medicine physician, I personally have cared for too many children who have been unfortunate victims of gun violence,” she said.

Increasing gun-related deaths among children have become a key issue in the USA. A study released last fall found that firearm-related injuries were the second leading cause of deaths among children in the U.S. in 2016.

Rebecca Cunningham, lead author of the 2018 study and emergency medicine professor at the University of Michigan, said guns are especially dangerous around children because of a lack of maturity.

“Children and adolescents do not have the brain maturity to resist impulsive behavior successfully,” Cunningham said. “In other settings, this lack of mature impulse control is not fatal. When reaching for a gun as a toddler or as a depressed or angry teen, that impulsivity is often fatal due to the lethality of the firearms.”

The Pediatrics study found that 21,241 people under 21 died of firearm-related injuries from 2011 to 2015. This means more than 10 children die from gun violence every day, Goyal said.

Lars Dalseide, National Rifle Association spokesperson, said the NRA has made strong efforts to promote the safe and responsible use of firearms. One example is the Eddie Eagle GunSafe Program, a gun accident prevention program that teaches kids about gun safety.

Dalseide said he was skeptical of the study’s methods. “Any social scientist worth their salt has to question a study that cherry-picks a microscopic 5-year time window of data when there is more than 50 years of data available,” he said.

There’s still more work to be done in order to understand how legislation may effectively reduce gun-related deaths among children, Goyal said, but it’s a similar process to researching the relationship between car safety and laws.

“Just as we have invested in rigorous scientific research to inform policies related to motor vehicle passenger safety – which have in turn dramatically reduced the number of pediatric deaths from motor vehicle collisions – we must embrace the same evidence-based strategies if we wish to curtail the firearm epidemic in our country,” Goyal said.

Cunningham co-leads the Firearm-Safety Among Children & Teens Consortium (FACTS) researchers across the country working to prevent gun violence against children. She said it’s critical to pursue research into gun violence to gain a full understanding of the issue.

“We don’t have to accept the continued rise of deaths among our children and teens by firearm injury,” Cunningham said. “This is an addressable public health issue, that can be accomplished by injury prevention science while respecting the rights of our citizens.”

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Mayor Lightfoot silent as shootings/killings keep piling up in Chiraq

Chiraq Mayor Lori Lightfoot

The good homosexual, WOC Chiraq Mayor, Lori Lightfoot, is completely ignoring the continued shootings in her city – a whopping 1,414 shot with 251 killed to date. This despite the fact that she promised to “confront chronic gun violence” in order to get elected.

See my recent Chiraq posts:

This is Chiraq: 45 shot – 4 fatally – during weekend violence
Chiraq Mayor Lori Lightfoot holds “accountability” meeting after another weekend of gun violence
This is Chiraq: 20 shot, 4 fatally, in the first weekend of summer
After most deadly weekend of violence this year, Chiraq still racking up the shootings (24 as of Wednesday)

This past weekend was more of the same: 9 killed, 32 wounded in Chicago weekend shootings.

While gun/gang violence continues to plague the city, guess what the mayor is focusing on? Some of her recent press releases:

“Statement from Mayor Lightfoot on the Rescue of the Alligator in the Humboldt Park Lagoon”
“Mayor Lightfoot Announces Additional Protections and Resources for Chicago’s Immigrant and Refugee Communities”
“Statement from Mayor Lightfoot on President Trump’s Decision on 2020 Census”
“Mayor Lightfoot and BACP Launch ChiBizPride Campaign to Celebrate LGBTQ+ Small Business Owners”
“Statement from Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot on Governor J.B. Pritzker Signing the Reproductive Health Act into Law”

There’s not ONE press release in the last two months that addresses the gun and gang violence in her city.

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New Zealand begins its gun “buyback collection”

I prefer to call this scheme “compensated confiscation.”

From MSN: New Zealand has started the first of more than 250 gun buyback collections for banned military-style semi-automatic weapons in the wake of the Christchurch mosque massacres.

Police have set up the first firearms collection event just a few kilometres away from where a lone gunman opened fire at two Christchurch mosques in March, killing 51 people.

The Australian man accused of the killings, Brenton Tarrant, is alleged to have used an arsenal of five weapons, including two military-style semi-automatic rifles, in the attacks on two Christchurch mosques. Mr Tarrant in June pleaded not guilty to terrorism charges, as well as 51 counts of murder and 40 of attempted murder.

New Zealand police said they had paid about $200,000 to dozens of gun owners handing in their weapons in the first hours of the buyback event.

In the wake of the worst massacre in modern New Zealand history, MPs voted 119-1 to outlaw military-style semi-automatics, which allow the rapid fire of high-calibre bullets.

The Government is offering money for every gun handed back by a licensed owner, with the total cost of the scheme estimated at NZ$218 million ($207 million).

Chris Cahill from the Police Association said he expects a positive response. “We needed these semi-automatic assault rifles out of the community, but it’s appropriate that people who have had to hand them in are compensated for it,” he said.

But Nicole McKee from the Council of Licensed Firearms Owners said the compensation package was not fair and reasonable. “It happened so quickly that there was no democratic process involved and there were no discussions involved with the community that had been affected,” she said.

There are concerns too that farming communities, which rely on firearms for hunting and pest control, will suffer because of the weapons ban.

Professor Kevin Clements from Otago University told ABC’s The World program that general public opinion was “completely in favour” of the measures, despite complaints from gun owners. “The reality is we’ve got twice as many weapons per capita as you have in Australia, and six times as many as exists in the United Kingdom,” he said.

So on a per-capita basis New Zealand is a fairly over-gunned society, and those guns kill people, in suicides and homicides and so forth, at the rate of about one a day.”

He said New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern had responded in much the same way as John Howard after the Port Arthur mass shooting.

But he said some in the gun lobby were urging firearms holders not to hand over their weapons and to bury them instead, and that many were disappointed that ammunition would not be compensated.

Some 258 collection events will be held across New Zealand over the next three months, and police expect tens of thousands of guns to be surrendered.

Licensed firearms owners will have six months to surrender weapons that have now been deemed illegal under the scheme, with an amnesty ensuring they will not face prosecution during that period.

After the amnesty expires, possession of prohibited firearms is punishable by up to five years in jail.

Police Minister Stuart Nash said police knew of 14,300 registered military-style semi-automatic rifles and there were an estimated 1.2 million firearms in the community, with the vast majority still legal under the new rules.

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Priorities: Chicago Mayor Lightfoot promises to protect the children…

You deserve what you vote for, Chiraq.

You have countless shootings EVERY DAY, EVERY WEEKEND – and that includes children being shot and killed.

Yet you elected a progressive mayor who is now promising to protect illegal aliens – and their children.

Heaven forbid Mayor Lightfoot actually do something about addressing the gang and gun violence that plagues U.S. citizens throughout your city.

From WGN TV: Mayor Lori Lightfoot and Chicago business groups are taking steps to protect undocumented immigrants in the city.

They said Chicago will not help federal agents track them down. “It’s not about being confrontational with the Trump administration, but it’s 100% about being supportive of our immigrant community,” Lightfoot said at a Wednesday morning news conference.

Chicago, with its status as a Sanctuary City, has drawn criticism from President Donald Trump and his Justice Department.

But the mayor said her focus is the children. “A lot of these issues regarding immigration and the fear and uncertainty about what’s happening is falling disproportionately and harshly on our children,” Lightfoot said.

“What this is doing is scaring restauranteurs and scaring team members,” Sam Toia of the Illinois Restaurant Association said. Toia and other prominent business and health leaders announced their unwavering support for Chicago’s immigrant communities.

Critics of the federal crackdown on undocumented immigrants have called the plan heavy-handed and poorly executed.

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Gun control, Chiraq style: Fourth of July Edition

As I checked the shooting numbers in Chiraq over the holiday weekend (mostly from MyFoxChicago), the numbers kept going up, up and up! Good thing Chicago Police added 1,500 officers to the streets for the holiday weekend…

Mayor Lightfoot’s “Accountability Monday” meeting should be a blast…

Friday morning: 3 stabbed, 14 trampled at Navy Pier after Fourth of July fireworks (no shootings yet bonus gang violence in the form of knife attacks)

Friday morning: 16 shot, 2 fatally in Fourth of July gun violence across Chicago

Friday at 4:00 pm: 34 shot — 4 fatally — over Fourth of July weekend

Saturday at 6:30 pm: 41 shot — 5 fatally — over Fourth of July weekend

Sunday morning: No total shot headline on MyFoxChicago but the headline from Chicago Tribune: Multiple victims the norm in shootings Saturday into Sunday as holiday weekend wears on (18 people were shot from Saturday to Sunday in a night that saw several bursts of gun violence on the South Side that left three or more people wounded by a single shooter at least three times)

Sunday at 3:00 pm: 64 shot — 5 fatally — over Fourth of July weekend

Sunday at 6:00 pm: 66 shot — 5 fatally — over Fourth of July weekend

Sunday at 9:00 pm: 68 shot, 5 fatally, in 4th of July weekend gun violence across Chicago

For the final grand total number of shootings, see heyjackass.com.

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If elected president, Kamala Harris would use executive order for gun control, contrary to Constitution’s 2nd Amendment

1½ months after she said she would take executive action on gun control if elected president, Kamala Harris said it again.

On July 1, 2019, Kamala Harris tweeted that “when” — not if — “elected president,” if Congress fails to pass a gun control bill, she will use an executive order (“take executive action”) to impose gun control on Americans.

On the same day, Harris also hyperventilated that President Trump is “the greatest threat” to U.S. national security.

Harris’ gun-control tweet elicited these responses:

@natepedersen23: “Thanks for letting me know. If you get elected I’ll make sure to buy multiple guns before then. Lol”

@Geopilot: “you can’t negate the Constitution with an executive order.”

@marblesflower: “If you get the nomination, I will vote for Trump and the Republican ticket straight down to make sure you never have that opportunity.”

@frozennOOb: “Everyone should be scared of a tyrant promising to violate her oath before she even runs for the official spot. She is promising a 2nd Civil War.”

@Manning4USCong: “So in other words if elected president and if Congress doesn’t do what you want you’re going to act like a tyrant and give yourself powers you don’t have and sign an unconstitutional executive order. Remind me who’s the threat to our republic again.”

@stclairashley: “If you actually cared about children being murdered, you’d defund Planned Parenthood which has taken the lives of more children than guns ever have.”

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Election 2020: Satan Throws His Horns Into The Ring For The Democrat Nomination

This brilliant essay is re-blogged from Trevor Loudon’s New Zeal Blog with the permission of the author Thomas Wigand, whose book, Communiqués From the Vast Right-Wing Conspiracy, is available on Amazon in both print and Kindle versions.

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Election 2020: Satan Throws His Horns Into The Ring For The Democrat Nomination

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Frustrated by the performance of the 20-some odd Democrat candidates in their first round of debates, Satan has decided to throw his hat, err, horns into the ring and seek the 2020 Democrat nomination for President of the United States.

He’s granted his first interview to this publication, the Washington Possessed.  The transcript appears below, and we’re sure that you’ll find it informative.

Question: Satan, the obvious first question is: what made you decide to run?

Satan: Well, as you know, normally I prefer to operate through stealth and deception; luring souls to do my bidding through temptation and, well, let’s just get it out there, capitalizing on their own stupidity and greed.

After all, if I were open about “yes, I really exist” and “yes, my intention is to have your soul condemned to the eternal fires of Hell,” my soul-yield to date would have been negligible.

But now, thanks to those knucklehead Democrats my hand is being forced; I must give-in to a long-held temptation that I’d resisted until now – that is, to “come out of the closet,” so to speak.

Question:  Could you elaborate?

Satan:  Sure.

When Donald Trump was running against Hillary, my followers and I were absolutely convinced that we had it in the bag.  Yes, there were prayer groups across the country praying for a miracle, for a Trump victory – but since I don’t believe in the power of prayer, I just knew that the efforts of those silly “Deplorables” would be for naught.  Well, they really did get their miracle. So yes, I have to admit that even I didn’t see Trump’s victory coming – heaven really got one over on me with that one!

In hindsight, I guess our great victory in deceiving the American people to elect Barack Hussein Obama – twice! – led us into the temptation of becoming simultaneously cocky and complacent.

So for those of us on the dark side, recovering lost ground is critical; if Trump wins again in 2020 and secures the border and appoints more Constitutionally-loyal Supreme Court justices and cements an economy that works for the middle-class, our cause will be set back for decades, if not longer.

Question:  I see. But why you, and not one of your many human followers who have already declared their candidacies to become the Democrat nominee for President?

Satan:  [Sighs.]  Well, as CEO – Chief Evil Officer – of this enterprise, I understand the value of delegating tasks.  And while some of my followers openly worship me, most are unwitting dupes that have been led to believe that they’re actually “doing good,” even as they advance the forces of darkness. Their “social justice” is my “stopping Jesus.”

Though many of my followers have high IQ’s and have graduated from Ivy League colleges, they’re still idiots.  While this makes accomplishing evil ends through delegation more complicated, they’re still very useful to me.  Which, of course, explains the origin of the phrase “useful idiots.”

But when you employ useful idiots they’re going to sometimes, well, do somereally idiotic things.  Unfortunately, that’s been the hallmark of this coven of 2020 Democrat candidates. Let me give you some examples:

Openly advocating for open borders and mass amnesty followed by mass “pathways to citizenship” is idiotic.

Openly advocating free health care for illegal aliens at a nationally televised Democrat debate is idiotic.

Openly advocating destroying jobs and America’s prosperity, and decimating standards of living through a “Green New Deal” is idiotic.

Openly advocating for stripping Americans of their Second Amendment rights is idiotic.

Openly advocating for abortion up to the moment of birth – and even after birth – is idiotic.

While I support all that and more, to be open about it is beyond idiotic, it’s crazy.  Average Americans from coast-to-coast are now realizing that those Progressive candidates are not only nuts, but also that electing any one of those Democrat candidates will destroy America.  The very opposite of “Make America Great Again.”

So the 2020 campaign is already on the trajectory that many Americans, perhaps even a plurality, are going to accurately conclude that Democrats are evil people pursuing an evil agenda. So itʼll become a referendum – a “binary choice” – between Donald Trump and America’s “Divinely Inspired” founding, and out-of-the-closet evil.

Given that, my side is now compelled to bring out our biggest gun: me and my extraordinary talent for deception and enticement through temptation.

Question:  I see. But isn’t it risky for you to come out in the open as the candidate for the Democrat Party’s nomination?

Satan: Look, this country has been a thorn in my side since the beginning; ever since what you call “the Founding Fathers” wrote: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator …”

Every time I hear those words, and phrases like “one nation, under God,” I want gag, and then stick a pitchfork right through The Declaration of Independence.  In fact, your country is second only to Israel on my Satanic sh** list.

Look, I’ve been on this a long time.  After decades of Progressivism and Cultural Marxism and “separation of church and state” – and two terms of Barack Obama – we were finally on the cusp of irreversibly usurping this so-called “Divinely Inspired” country!

Trump’s election upended that. That’s caused my useful idiots to panic, and in their panic they’ve started to show America what’s really behind our curtain. So now there’s no turning back; sometimes you just have to throw the dice and hope you don’t come up snake eyes (though I do have a soft-spot for things snake-related, if you get my drift).

Question: But do you really believe that an openly evil candidate can get elected President in this country?

Satan:  Sure. I’ve got a great shot at winning. The Democrat base will vote for me; they’ve been a solid Satanic voting bloc for some time.

Oh, by the way, I’m pondering rebranding the party and changing its name to “The Demonic Party.” Kind of catchy, don’t you think?  In fact, I’ve already had a modified Democrat Party logo made up:

I really like it! And it’ll appeal to “Bernie” supporters. But I digress …

Speaking of voting blocs, have you listened to Alexandra Ocasio Cortez?  My academics and media have succeeded in creating an entire generation of useful idiots; enthusiastic ones at that.

They’re so idiotic that they actually believe that they’re smart and enlightened and fighting for a historically inevitable victory over the retrograde forces of the “Deplorables.”  I mean – while I’d never admit it to them – but really, how stupid can they be? Well, stupid enough to vote for me, en masse, and then feel self-righteous about it!

Plus, the news media, and Silicon Valley’s social media will be behind me, 100%.  Already are; have been for years. [Interviewer nods approvingly.]

Also, we’ll offer the illegal aliens amnesty and citizenship in the here and now – and it won’t occur to them that we won’t be offering them amnesty from eternal damnation.  So they’ll vote Democrat. Put America on a pathway to Hell? Sí se puede!

And for the ultimate blow, I’ll be promising “free stuff.”  Lots and lots and lots of “free stuff!” Medical care, college tuition, food, housing, hair transplants, breast implants – you name it. Whatever it takes.

You can label that “fraud” or “social justice” or “Democratic Socialism” or whatever you want. Doesn’t matter. I’ve learned over the millennia that fostering “coveting thy neighbors’ goods” is one of the most effective ways of seducing souls.  In fact, that’s why I ghost wrote “The Communist Manifesto” for Karl Marx.

So you can be sure that in some form or another, I will be the Democrat candidate for President of the United States of America. Even if I don’t get the Party’s nomination, my platform is the Democrat Party’s platform.

Question: I see.  One final question: is your campaign going to have a theme song?

Satan:  Why yes, as a matter of fact.  As you know, Donald Trump has been using The Rolling Stones’ “You Can’t Always Get What You Want” – which is a song I’ve always hated, because in a way its title alone tells the listener to reject greed and temptation.

For our campaign, we’re going to use The Rolling Stones’ “Sympathy for the Devil.”  One of my all-time faves!

Question:  Well, thank you for your time; and especially for the first time being so open concerning your ultimate plans and objectives.

Satan:  You’re welcome.  Oh, and I’ve noted that you’re with the mainstream media.  So I’ll see you again – in Hell.

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California’s ammo background checks off to a rocky start

From AP: California’s new ammunition background check law began Monday not with a bang but with a whimper from dealers who reported delays and glitches with the state’s online system.

But they said few customers were affected because most had stockpiled bullets or shotgun shells in the weeks before the new law took effect.

Voters in 2016 approved requiring criminal background checks for every ammunition purchase. But the state’s latest attempt to deter gun violence only took effect Monday.

Vendors the length of California were frustrated by online snags including their inability to readily log in to the new system that is supposed to let them background-check customers with the state, though some put it down to a predicable learning curve.

Chuck Michel, an attorney for the National Rifle Association and the affiliated California Rifle & Pistol Association, said he will soon cite the glitches in seeking an injunction to block the law. The California affiliate sued last year, maintaining that the new law violates the Second Amendment right to bear arms, impedes interstate commerce and is pre-empted by federal law.

“I’ve had one customer, and I had to turn them away because I couldn’t get into the system,” Don Reed, owner of DGS Ammo & Airguns in Sacramento, said at midmorning. “He seemed a little bit perturbed. … There’s a lot of people feel like they’re being held hostage suddenly — punishing the people who’ve been doing it the right way.”

He was reading through dozens of pages online as he tried to log in, but he groused that “it would take a Philadelphia lawyer to figure it out.”

Officials with the state Department of Justice, which administers the program, did not respond to repeated telephone and email requests for comment. The department said in a news release that it had sent vendors regulations and instructions on how to comply.

“The eligibility checks ensure purchasers are not prohibited from owning or possessing ammunition due to a felony and/or violent misdemeanor conviction or warrant, domestic violence restraining order, or mental health issue,” the department said.

The state system is supposed to crosscheck one database of people who already cleared background checks when they bought guns in California with a second database of those who bought guns legally but are no longer allowed to own them. The process should take about two minutes, the department said Monday.

Customers pay $1 for the check. Those who pass get their ammo after clerks record the brand, type and amount of ammunition. “So far it doesn’t work at all. My system doesn’t let me access it,” said Steve Converse, a longtime clerk at Ade’s Gun Shop in Orange, 30 miles southeast of Los Angeles.

Scott Emmett, the manager of the Ammo Bros store in San Diego, said the system was down for the first 45 minutes. “I sat on the phone for about 40 minutes and no one answered” at the Department of Justice, he said after hanging up in frustration.

Emmett had a single customer by midmorning whose transaction took about 10 minutes instead of the couple minutes it would previously have taken to run a credit card. “I can’t believe the amount of paper it wastes,” he said. “This one transaction for two types of ammo was almost eight pages long.”

Andrew Hackett, manager of Nice Shot, an indoor shooting range in Redding, 160 miles north of Sacramento, said he would have to turn away customers because he’d had no guidance on how to log into the state system. Customers are allowed to buy ammunition to shoot at his range — they just can’t take any home without a background check.

One of the clerks at OC Guns in Lake Forest, 45 miles southeast of Los Angeles, bought a box of ammunition just to see if it could be done. “Confusing,” said store owner Scott Bodkin. “Just a learning curve. We’ll get through it.”

Scott Dipman, vice president at Coyote Point Armory in Burlingame, 16 miles south of San Francisco, was frustrated with the online ammunition reporting forms. “I have thousands of items that I’m going to have to manually type into the system,” he said. “There’s a learning curve for us to figure out what that the new procedure is, and unfortunately the state didn’t give us any peek into what was going on.”

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