Ammunition Sale Restriction Ruled Unconstitutional

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) - A judge has ruled that key sections of a California law restricting the sale of handgun ammunition cannot be enforced because they are unconstitutional.

Gun rights advocates celebrated Tuesday's ruling in Fresno County Superior Court, saying the law would have created uncertainty by forcing local gun shops to decide for themselves what type of bullets were covered by the restrictions.

The bill also would have required handgun ammunition to be bought in a face-to-face transaction, which they say would not have prevented a tragedy like the Arizona shooting rampage that killed six people and injured 13 others, including U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords.

Authorities said shooting suspect Jared Loughner legally purchased ammunition the morning he opened fire at Giffords' district meet-and-greet outside a Tucson Safeway.