New measure aims to videotape all gun and ammunition sales

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SAN FRANCISCO (KRON) — Supervisor Mark Farrell is set to put in a public request at today’s San Francisco Board of Supervisors meeting to begin drafting legislation that would require the videotaping of all gun and ammunition sales within San Francisco, and require the regular storage and electronic transmission of ammunition sales data to the San Francisco Police Department.

The gun control package is aimed to fill loopholes that exist in federal, state and local regulations of firearms.

“Easy access to guns and ammunition continue to contribute to senseless violent crime here in San Francisco and across the country,” said Supervisor Mark Farrell. “Even though San Francisco has some of the toughest gun control laws on the books in the country – there is more we can do to protect the public – and we should do everything in our power to give local law enforcement the additional tools they need to prevent crime and keep our neighborhoods safe.”

The goals of the gun control package are to prevent and detect illegal trafficking of firearms and ammunition; prevent the loss and theft of firearms and ammunition from dealers; prevent and detect the sale of firearms and ammunition by dealers to persons who are prohibited by law from possessing these items, and protect overall public safety, Ferrell’s office reports.

“Other jurisdictions throughout the State with similar laws in place have made it more difficult for those to get access to guns and ammunition who are prohibited by law, and have made it easier for local enforcement complete investigations and enhance public safety,” said Supervisor Mark Farrell.

The package would also require any permittee who has the proper documentation to sell or transfer ammunition to keep records of their ammunition sales and transfer data for up to five-years, and electronically transmit the ammunition sales data at least weekly to the SFPD. The SFPD would develop the forms and information that would need to be regularly transmitted to the department, and at a minimum will include:

(1) The date of the transaction;

(2) The name, address and date of birth of the transferee;

(3) The number of the transferee’s current driver’s license or other government issued identification card containing a photograph of the transferee, and the name of the governmental authority that issued it;

(4) The brand, type, caliber or gauge, and amount of ammunition transferred;

(5) The transferee’s signature; and

(6) The name of the permittee’s agent or employee who processed the transaction.

Supervisor Farrell’s package of gun control legislation is expected to be introduced formally at the Board of Supervisors when the Board returns from its recess in the beginning of September.

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