Episode 054: A Chat on Impact of California Gun and Ammo Laws

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On this episode, I chat with Hugh Henderson, a former law enforcement officer and Fire Chief on his new career in firearms at Hook, Line and Sinker. We focus on impacts of California Firearm and Ammunition laws impacting firearm enthusiasts—especially the July 1, 2019 deadline on ammunition. We also talk about promoting gun safety and what the process is like to purchase a firearm.

Finally, he plugs the Hook, Line & Sinker June 21-22 customer appreciation event where I am calling it a “ammunition extravaganza” with major discounts ahead of the July 1 deadline.

Episode Overview:

  • 01:30 – Hugh Henderson’s background – grew up hunting and fishing, became a cop and then a firefighter and even fire chief. Calls working at Hook, Line & Sinker living a childhood dream as a second career after retiring from the fire service.
  • 04:45 – We talk about how gun shops do promote responsible gun ownership and safety—especially those buying their first firearm for self-defense, hunting, target shooting.
  • 09:20 – If someone is buying their first gun, what is the law and Henderson explains safe storage recommendations and importance of storing the gun safely while thinking about home defense.
  • 11:30 – What law is impacting everyone the most when it comes to firearms and ammunition. Assembly Bill 156 went into effect on January 1, 2018 and Phase 2 goes into effect July 1, 2019. Henderson explains how July 1, each person who buys ammunition will get a background check which could range from $1 to $19 per background check.
  • 16:55 – Hook, Line & Sinker in June is having a big ammunition sale to assist people ahead of the new law which will also impact Hunters due to the lead law requiring lead-free hunting (Assembly Bill 711).
  • 19:20 – We go over a few California Laws impacting firearms and ammunition, including banning anyone under 21 from owning a long-gun (Senate Bill 1100), we get into Assembly Bill 18 which is a $25 excise tax. Law abiding citizens are getting hit by these laws the most.
  • 23:40 – Henderson explains this debate over bump stock and burst trigger.
  • 25:50 – If they take the gun away, why do they need to take the ammo away, which highlights getting a gun is easy if done illegally. We also chat about Senator Kamala Harris has a firearm for protection.
  • 27:43 – For someone who wants to buy a firearm, given all of California Laws, what does is the process and what does it take? DOJ and ATF has changed what they can accept or not accept with Real ID. Explains each firearm purchased you get a background check and 10-day wait, can only buy 1-new handgun every 30-days.
  • 33:30 – Henderson explains the most expensive gun he has seen at the Hook, Line & Sinker store as well as on consignment
  • 33:50 – What about the guy that comes in that seems “off” or “tweaker”… what happens? Do you sell the gun? Explains also how the “straw purchase” is illegal.
  • 35:26 – In the Bay Area, are there a decline in gun shops? Laws impacting both large and small stores.
  • 37:25 – Henderson talks about the inventory at Hook, Line & Sinker with over a 1,000 firearms in inventory and the costs for certain types of guns. They also have all types of ammunition. They also have a fishing department for each fishing season from salmon to striper fishing.
  • 39:24 – Henderson touches on gun ranges and how they are getting harder to find. Says gun ranges are getting hit harder than gun stores.
  • 41:10 – closing out, Henderson plugs the “ammo extravaganza” at Hook, Line & Sinker for their customer appreciation day on June 21-22 in downtown City of Oakley. A trout pond for kids will be available along with deals, bbq, prizes. Beginning May 15, they will begin pre-sales of ammo.

For more on Hook, Line & Sinker, visit them at www.hookproshop.com


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  1. Thanks Chief for your service. Your Leadership is missed.
    Thanks for helping people navigate the illegal un constitutional laws the liberal fern feelers have imposed on the residents of California

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