That makes sense.

Courtesy of ABC News

California has some of the strictest gun laws in the country — and one of the lowest gun death rates. Public health experts believe one leads to the other.

But even with strong laws, 3,184 people died in gun-related incidents in California in 2017, up from 2,942 in 2014, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Roughly half of suicides nationwide are gun-related.

California also has had numerous mass shootings, including the November 2018 attack at the Borderline Bar & Grill in Thousand Oaks, where a gunman killed 12 people before killing himself. Last Tuesday, a former employee killed two workers and himself at a Morgan Hill Ford dealership.

Even tougher gun control laws took effect Monday. California is the first state in the nation to require anyone buying ammunition to go through a background check at the time of each purchase. Ammunition vendors must also start submitting sales records to the state Department of Justice.

These new rules are part of Proposition 63, a gun-control package approved by voters in 2016. The measure was introduced following the December 2015 shooting at a social services center in San Bernardino, where a husband and wife killed 14 people and injured several others.

Other pieces of the package were previously implemented: Residents and businesses must now report lost or stolen guns, internet sales of ammunition are restricted to licensed vendors, and some felons must give up their guns.

This background check for bullets is a stroke of genius.

That gives law enforcement two opportunities to identify crazy people and bad guys. 

It also kind of reminds me of a comedy skit by Chris Rock about making bullets super expensive as a means of fighting gun violence. 

That may sound crazy, but you know what, it would work.