For the first time in California history, residents will have to go to a licensed dealer and undergo a background check when buying ammunition. According to CA Proposition 63, all ammunition purchased online or from a mail-order catalog must be shipped to a licensed vendor. As a result of this legislation that starts taking effect on January 1, 2018, Defender Outdoors will cease all ammunition direct sales to California residents effective December 17, 2017. Ammunition will need to be sent to an approved ammunition vendor. Any and all additional costs for transfer from vendor to the consumer is the responsibility of the consumer.
In 2016, California lawmakers and voters took gun control to a whole new level of government oversight with the passing of numerous laws further restricting guns and ammunition. These new regulations began taking effect nearly 2 years ago, affecting 6+ million firearms owners residing in the state. Of these regulations, one specifically targets ammunition purchases.
As of January 1, 2018, anyone residing in California wanting to buy ammunition online or through a catalog will have to receive their purchase in person through a licensed dealer. This requirement will most likely have the biggest impact on rural hunters and shooters who may have limited access to brick and mortar sellers. Of further note, California will prohibit its residents from bringing ammunition into the state, bypassing taking delivery through a licensed dealer. Ironically, these new laws do not impact sharing ammunition in person with your friends and shooting partners…you just cannot sell it to them.
Proposition 63 supersedes AB 962 and applies to all ammunition sales and summarized as follows:
Effective January 1, 2018
- Licensed sellers will conduct and process all ammunition sales
- Unlicensed sellers will have to conduct ammunition sales through a licensed vendor much like private party firearms transactions
- Ammunition obtained from an out-of-state seller must initially ship to a licensed ammunition vendor for delivery to the purchaser upon completion of a background check
Effective July 1, 2019
- Sellers will not sell or transfer ammunition without conducting a background check on the buyer
- California law requires ammunition sellers to record, maintain, and report to the DOJ records of ammo sales in a manner similar to that of a firearm purchase
Proposition 63 does allow ammunition sales at shooting ranges without the purchaser undergoing a background check and without a sale record provided the ammo remains inside the facility.