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L.A. Considers Ammunition Sale Ban

June 27, 2000

LOS ANGELES (AP) _ A City Council committee has proposed a ban on ammunition sales, even though panel members acknowledged such a law is unlikely to withstand a court challenge.

As an alternative, the Public Safety Committee also recommended enacting a law that would require background checks for anyone purchasing ammunition in Los Angeles.

The committee sent both proposals to the full council Monday, which is likely to act on them in the coming weeks.

``We have a problem in our society and a problem in our city, and I think this is a remedy to solve that problem,″ said Councilman Mike Hernandez, who proposed the ammunition sales ban.

The proposed ban is similar to an ordinance passed last year by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors. That law is being challenged by Great Western Shows, a gun show promoter that claims it violates the U.S. and California constitutions.

Opponents of gun control said they would challenge the city measure if it was adopted.

``Laws which do not have a rational basis are unconstitutional, and I think you’ll find that this law does have no rational basis,″ said Randall Herrst of the pro-gun Center for the Study of Crime.

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