Legislators for years have tried regulating firearms to protect people from getting shot, but on Monday, California Assemblymembers Nancy Skinner (D-Berkeley) and Rob Bonta (D-Alameda) unveiled a different approach, announcing a bill that would restrict the sale of bullets.
In a press conference attended by more than a dozen gun control advocates, religious leaders, educators and other activists, the legislators said their bill would help prevent murders like the Dec. 14 massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.
"When we have so many safeguards in place around the purchase of guns, why is it so much easier to buy bullets?" asked Skinner. "It is easier in California to buy bullets than to buy alcohol, cigarettes or Sudafed cold medicine."
The bill is meeting opposition. Sam Paredes, executive director of the Gun Owners of California told KQED's Mina Kim that high-capacity magazines are not being used in very many California crimes.
"We don’t have a gun problem in California or in America," he said. "We have a people problem that nobody wants to address. As long as everybody concentrates on gun control we will continue to have these massacres occurring."