The Cartridge Family, a small manufacturer of ammunition in Redding, Calif., has closed down. The owner, Mike Schroeder, informed media that restrictive California gun laws were part of the reason that TCF went out of business.
KRCTV quotes Schroeder as placing some of the blame on market conditions, with larger manufacturers employing pricing and rebate strategies that TCF was unable to match. But he also said that Proposition 63, which requires background checks for all ammunition sales, was a deciding factor.
“Not only will Proposition 63 and the Gunpocalypse gun control bills passed in 2016 make it even more difficult for law-abiding people to exercise their rights in California and stay out of jail, but they’re already hurting and destroying small businesses that serve the gun owner community,” Brandon Combs, president of the Firearms Policy Coalition, told Guns.com. “This is, sadly, precisely what anti-gun politicians and gun control groups want. First, they channel all firearm and ammunition transactions through a strict regulatory scheme, then they will choke off the rest through laws that impose severe burdens, costs and risk.”