Proposition Summary

Requires individuals to pass a background check and obtain Department of Justice authorization to purchase ammunition. • Prohibits possession of large-capacity ammunition magazines, and requires their disposal, as specified. • Requires most ammunition sales be made through licensed ammunition vendors and reported to Department of Justice. • Requires lost or stolen firearms and ammunition be reported to law enforcement. • Prohibits persons convicted of stealing a firearm from possessing firearms. • Establishes new procedures for enforcing laws prohibiting firearm possession. • Requires Department of Justice to provide information about prohibited persons to federal National Instant Criminal Background Check System. • Increased state and local court and law enforcement costs, potentially in the tens of millions of dollars annually, related to a new court process for removing firearms from prohibited persons after they are convicted. • Potential increase in state costs, not likely to exceed the millions of dollars annually, related to regulating ammunition sales. These costs would likely be offset by fee revenues. • Potential net increase in state and local correctional costs, not likely to exceed the low millions of dollars annually, related to changes in firearm and ammunition penalties.

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Popular Vote Results

Y: 6608900; A: 62.7; N: 3930211; B: 37.3

Election Type

General Election

Proposition Type

Initiative Statute

For Author

GAVIN NEWSOM, Lieutenant Governor of CaliforniaDIANNE FEINSTEIN, United States SenatorROBYN THOMAS, Executive DirectorLaw Center to Prevent Gun Violence

Against Author

DONNY YOUNGBLOOD, PresidentCalifornia State Sheriffs’ AssociationKEVIN BERNZOTT, Chief Executive OfficerCalifornia Reserve Peace Officers AssociationTIFFANY CHEUVRONT, Principal OfficerCoalition for Civil Liberties

Rebuttal Author

ALON STIVI, PresidentDirect Measures International, Inc.WILLIAM “BILLY” BIRDZELL, U.S. Special OperationsCommand Anti-Terrorism InstructorRICHARD GRENELL, Longest serving U.S. Spokesman atthe United Nations

Rebuttal Against Author

NANCY O’MALLEY, District AttorneyAlameda CountyJEFF ROSEN, District AttorneySanta Clara CountyVICKI HENNESSY, SheriffSan Francisco