STUDY: L.A. FELONS CAN BUY BULLETS 10 AREA GUN SHOPS SELL AMMUNITION -- LEGALLY.Byline: SUSAN ABRAM Staff Writer
Convicted felons were able to purchase ammunition at 10 gun shops in Los Angeles Los Angeles (lôs ăn`jələs, lŏs, ăn`jəlēz'), city (1990 pop. 3,485,398), seat of Los Angeles co., S Calif.; inc. 1850. , including seven in the San Fernando Valley San Fernando Valley
Valley, southern California, U.S. Northwest of central Los Angeles, the valley is bounded by the San Gabriel, Santa Susana, and Santa Monica mountains and the Simi Hills. , a study released Thursday found.
The Rand Corp. study said that, in April and May 2004, 10,050 bullets were bought by 52 people with felonies or other convictions prohibiting them from purchasing guns. A total of 2,031 people purchased 436,956 bullets during that time period, researchers said.
``This is the first evidence that says it's quite easy for a felon An individual who commits a crime of a serious nature, such as Burglary or murder. A person who commits a felony.
felon n. a person who has been convicted of a felony, which is a crime punishable by death or a term in state or federal prison. to walk into a gun shop and buy ammunition,'' said Greg Ridgeway A ridgeway is a road or path that follows the highest part of the landscape. Roads and pathways
Currently, felons may legally purchase ammunition in the state of California, but they are prohibited from buying guns.
Federal law requires anyone who purchases a firearm to pass a background check. An L.A. ordinance passed in 2001 requires dealers that sell ammunition to obtain identification and a thumbprint from customers.
``So much of the focus has been on the guns themselves, and very little discussion on the ammunition,'' Ridgeway said. ``This is information that wasn't out there before. There might be a perception in the public that the government may already be monitoring this.''
A 2005 bill introduced in the California Legislature that would have required ammunition dealers to log all sales in a state database failed.
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Noun 1. Mark Ridley-Thomas Mark Ridley-Thomas (born 1954) is currently a California State Senate where he chairs the Business, Professions and Economic Development Committee]]. He represents the 26th district which includes the communities of Vermont Knolls, Jefferson Park, Leimert Park, Hancock Park, Korean , D-Los Angeles, who approved the Los Angeles ordinance when he was a member of the City Council, said expanding it to the state level would be more effective but has been frustrating.
``You have to have more than just a local ordinance A local ordinance is a law usually found in a municipal code. In the United States, these laws are enforced locally in addition to state law and Federal law. See also
``The issue of firearms in general is a controversial area,'' agreed Nathan Barankin, spokesman for state Attorney General Bill Lockyer William Westwood "Bill" Lockyer (born May 8, 1941) is the current State Treasurer of California. Prior to this, he served as California's Attorney General and head of the Department of Justice for the U.S. state of California. . ``Then, when you talk about ammunition for those firearms, that level of controversy is like times two.''
Statewide, Barankin said, there is a deep distinction between the sale of firearms and ammunition. A convicted felon is not allowed to buy a firearm but can buy bullets.
Few ammunition dealers in the Valley wanted to comment on the issue, but those in the firearms business called the city ordinance useless because it does little to deter crime.
``It's a ridiculous, ridiculously stupid ordinance,'' said gun manufacturer Brian Delmastro, owner of San Fernando-based Surefire. Delmastro sells ammunition exclusively to law-enforcement agencies.
``The people who are enacting the laws don't know Don't know (DK, DKed)
"Don't know the trade." A Street expression used whenever one party lacks knowledge of a trade or receives conflicting instructions from the other party. anything about the gun business,'' he said. ``The criminals are going to steal the ammunition, or most of them, if they really want to do the job, will reload (1) To load a program from disk into memory once again in order to run it. Reload is entirely different than reinstall. Reinstall means that you have to run the install program from a CD-ROM or floppy disk and perform the installation procedure over again. their own ammo. Why would anyone want to go into a shop when they can just go out of town? You can go on the Internet and really load up.''
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This article or section is written like an . , which assisted in gathering data for the Rand study funded by the National Institute of Justice, monitors the logs shopowners keep and has made arrests based on information provided. Retailers are required to keep that information for one year.
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2. LAPD - Los Angeles Police Department. officials said they will evaluate the study's conclusions, though the findings are two years old and might not provide an accurate account of the current situation.
``The department has a gun detail that monitors retail stores that sell ammunition within the city,'' the LAPD said in a statement. ``We work closely with personnel with the Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms agency on all gun investigations. We will continue in educating owners of retail shops in the regulation in the sale of ammunition to the general public.''
Meanwhile, anti-violence groups praised city officials for enacting the ordinance, saying Los Angeles is at the forefront of progressive gun laws.
``There's a real void in state law, so what has happened is local governments are taking a stand,'' said Juliet Leftwich, lead counsel for Legal Community Against Violence. ``The idea is (the L.A. ordinance) is somewhat of a deterrent because if I'm a felon, I wouldn't want to leave my fingerprint somewhere.''