Prop 63

California "Safety for All" Gun Control Initiative - NO POSITION

(November 2016)


The California "Safety for All" Gun Control Initiative prohibits possession of large-capacity ammunition magazines, and requires their disposal by sale to dealer, destruction, or removal from state. The initiative requires most individuals to pass background check and obtain Department of Justice authorization to purchase ammunition, requires most ammunition sales be made through licensed ammunition vendors and reported to Department of Justice, and lost or stolen firearms and ammunition be reported to law enforcement. It prohibits persons convicted of stealing a firearm from possessing firearms and establishes new procedures for enforcing laws prohibiting firearm possession by felons and violent criminals. Under the initiative, the Department of Justice must provide information about prohibited persons to federal National Instant Criminal Background Check System. A summary of estimate by Legislative Analyst and Director of Finance of fiscal impact on state and local government estimates increased state costs in the tens of millions of dollars annually related to regulating ammunition sales, likely offset by various regulatory fees authorized by the measure, and an increase in court and law enforcement costs, not likely to exceed the tens of millions of dollars annually, related to removing firearms from prohibited persons as part of court sentencing proceedings. These costs could be offset to some extent by fees authorized by the measure. Potential increase in state and local correctional costs are not likely to exceed the low millions of dollars annually, related to new and increased penalties.