Before anyone writes letters to the newspaper about firearms, ammunition or the purchase thereof, they should know the law.
If you went to one of the local stores where you could purchase ammunition, such as Big 5, only a couple miles from Joshua Tree, you would easily find out you cannot buy ammunition without a background check.
If you have passed the background check and purchased a firearm since 2014, and had no changes since then, you would fill out forms just like the firearms purchase form with an ammunition purchase instead of a firearms purchase heading. This would be sent by computer to the Department of Justice and supposedly within seconds (took me almost 30 minutes) the store gets back a, “Yes, a good background check exists,” “No, this person has not yet passed a background check,” or, “No, this is a prohibited person who cannot purchase ammunition or a firearm.”
There is a three-page list of crimes that would make a person a “prohibited person.”
If yes, the ammunition is purchased and the buyer goes about his or her business. If the purchaser has yet to pass the background check, forms are filled out and sent to the Department of Justice for the background check, and if the person now passes, after 10 days, he or she may pick up the ammunition.
If a check comes back from the Department of Justic that the person did not pass the background check or is on record as a prohibited person, the purchase is refused and the person placed on a Department of Justice list as having illegally tried to purchase ammunition.
Primary research is what we learned in school as going to the source of the facts rather than just taking someone’s word for something or repeating a rumor.