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Dear Governor Schwarzenegger:
I most earnestly urge that you veto the ammunition registration bill, AB 962.
It is a deceitfully conceived measure aimed at providing registration not only of ammunition, but also of its purchasers, and thus by extension, of firearms owners.
Worse than that, it is a de facto firearms registration bill, although by caliber only, but as such is also a foot-in-the-door approach, the next obvious step being a polite police visit, ostensibly to "confirm that you still have that caliber firearm," but actually to identify visually both its make and model, and surreptitiously view its serial number.
Gun control measures inevitably fail to curb violent crime, and each failure becomes the excuse for yet another anti-gun law. The CDC and the Congressional Research Service of the Library of Congress have reported that they failed to find any evidence that gun control laws have had any effect on curbing crime.
Alan Krug's 1970 study of gun registration "Costs v. Benefits," covering 10 years, wit
h responses from 44 states, found that an aggregate of only six murders and six robberies had been solved through registration, while New York,with the toughes gun laws, and several other sates,reported no record, at any time, or a major crime solved through registration.
FBI annul Uniform Crime Reports regularly demonstrate that jurisdictions with stringent gun control measures have notably higher violent crime rates than those with more lenient laws.
Furthermore, every gun control law inevitably tilts the balance of power in favor of the criminals, and makes honest citizens more vulnerable as their intended prey.
As former US Senator Warren Magnusson once sagely observed: “Gun control is a solution conceived in hysteria, born in ignorance, intended to foster complacency, and destined to futility.”
It is for all of those reasons that I strongly urge you to veto AB 962.
Fielding L. Greaves
Lt. Col., U.S. Army, Retired
Life member & former board member of NRA