California Ammunition Regulation As Of 2019

California Ammunition Regulation As Of 2019

Newest Regulations in California

by Greg Brown - March 15, 2019

As of January 2019, ammunition can now be confiscated from people with restraining orders including gun violence.

Ammunition Sales

Starting January 1, 2018, those individuals selling 500 rounds or more of ammunition in any given month must obtain a state-issued business license. Individuals are restricted to conducting ammunition sales at either gun shows or specified business locations.

The Department of Justice (D.O.J.) will issue an ammunition vendor license to those individuals that provide the required documentation along with their certificate of eligibility which is issued after passing a background check. Employees must also verify that they have completed all necessary paperwork and background checks.

Also, beginning January 1, 2018, ammunition sales must be conducted through a licensed vendor. Ammunition purchased online or from another state must be shipped to a licensed vendor for physical delivery to the purchaser who has passed the necessary background checks.

Record Of Ammunition Sales

Starting July 1, 2019, all licensed ammunition vendors are henceforth required to record, keep, and report all ammunition sales to the D.O.J.  These records will remain confidential unless used by or for law enforcement purposes.

Shooting Range Ammunition Sales

Individuals are able to purchase ammunition at a shooting range without having to participate in a background check so long as the ammunition does not leave the facility.

Gun Show Ammunition Sales

Ammunition displayed at all California gun shows but be held in a closed container, unless being viewed by a prospective viewer with the assistance of the vendor or employee.

No one, aside from security personnel or police officer, may be in possession of both a firearm and it’s corresponding ammunition at the same time.

Unreasonably Dangerous Ammunition

The manufacturing, importation, sale, transportation, knowing possessions, or intent to sell handgun ammunition, that is designed to penetrate armor or metal, is banned in California.

Ammunition Vendor License Application

Applicants applying for an ammunition vendor license must submit their application to the D.O.J., accompanied by a fee and copy of the following:

  • A valid State Board of Equalization sellers permit
  • Any business or regulatory license required by the local government
  • Certificate of Eligibility
  • Federal Firearms License (if federally licensed)
  • Processing the sale between two private parties

If two private parties wish to conduct business it must be through a licensed ammunition dealer and the following fees are applicable:

  • Any DOJ fee
  • Ammunition vendor may add an additional fee for processing the sale
  • If the purchaser is present, the fee cannot exceed five dollars
  • If the purchaser is not present for delivery, the ammo vendor is allowed to charge an additional fee for storage that must be agreed upon before the vendor receives the ammunition

Displaying Ammunition

  • Ammunition must be displayed in a locked container
  • Ammunition may not be accessible to the purchaser unless the vendor or an employee is present to assist the purchaser

New Regulations Regarding Firearms As Of 2019

  • Long guns, including shotguns and rifles cannot be purchased by anyone under the age of 21, unless they are military or law enforcement.
  • The manufacturing and selling of “burstrigger” and “bump stock” implements, that are capable of producing a succession of rapid fire in a semiautomatic, has been banned.

Ghost Gun

  • Beginning July 1, 2018, any person that wishes to assemble or manufacture a firearm is required to apply to the D.O.J. for a unique serial number, first.
  • Those who own a firearm that currently does not have a serial number must also apply for a unique serial number by January 1, 2019.

Assault weapon with the bullet button feature

  • As of January 1, 2017, firearms that have the feature known as the “bullet button” will henceforth be classified as an assault weapon and must be registered no later than June 30, 2018

Definition of an assault weapon

New regulations define an ‘assault weapon’ as a semi-automatic pistol or semiautomatic centerfire rifle, without a fixed magazine but has one of these characteristics:

A rifle with one or more of the following:

  • Pistol grip
  • Thumbhole stock
  • Telescoping/folding stock
  • Grenade launcher
  • Forward pistol grip
  • Flash suppressor
  • Also, a pistol that has one or more of the following:
  • Second handgrip
  • Threaded barrel
  • Can accept a magazine outside the pistol grip
  • Shroud attached to the barrel

Exempt from punishment

  • Those in possession of their assault weapon before January 1, 2001, to December 31, 2017
  • Those who have registered their assault weapon with the DOJ no later than June 30, 2018.