OAKLAND, Calif. (KCBS) -- Oakland has joined an alliance of other cities in tightening its gun laws after a unanimous vote by the city council. This gun law is similar to what is already on the books in Richmond, Berkeley and San Francisco. It dictates that those who buy bullets would have to provide thumbprints.
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"What this does is tightens up the records," said Councilmember Jean Quan. "It requires sales of ammunition to have the same kinds of records that we have in the sale of a gun."
Currently, no one in the City of Oakland sells ammunition, but it's not illegal.
"It will require a fingerprint when you buy ammunition," said Quan. "It would also require a new store that would like to sell ammunition to store it in a safe place, and to certify and clear its staff for criminal records."
The National Rifle Association has threatened to sue.
"We've learned a little bit about what Richmond had to change, and what San Mateo is changing, but we're not backing off," said Quan, who believes the ordinance will survive any lawsuits.