July 1: New California Ammo Law Requiring Background Checks Goes into Effect


Beginning July 1, those who wish to buy ammunition in California will be required to undergo a background check.

The background check will be on all ammunition which will take your personal information and check to see if it matches what is on file with the DOJ’s Automated Firearms System – the process could be a simple as $1 or up to $19 if information does not match.

A new ammunition law will go into effect on July 1, requiring gun owners to undergo a background check when buying ammunition.

From our podcast we had with Hugh Henderson of Hook, Line & Sinker in Oakley in April where we talk about the law and the impact it will have on gun shops and firearm enthusiast.

Here was the Ballot Language on Proposition 63 which passed with 63.08% support.

Proposition 63

Firearms. Ammunition Sales. Initiative Statute. Prohibits possession of large-capacity ammunition magazines, and requires their disposal by sale to dealer, destruction, or removal from state. Requires most individuals to pass background check and obtain Department of Justice authorization to purchase ammunition. Requires most ammunition sales be made through licensed ammunition vendors and reported to Department of Justice. Requires lost or stolen firearms and ammunition be reported to law enforcement. Prohibits persons convicted of stealing a firearm from possessing firearms. Establishes new procedures for enforcing laws prohibiting firearm possession by felons and violent criminals. Requires Department of Justice to provide information about prohibited persons to federal National Instant Criminal Background Check System. Summary of estimate by Legislative Analyst and Director of Finance of fiscal impact on state and local government: Increased state costs in the tens of millions of dollars annually related to regulating ammunition sales, likely offset by various regulatory fees authorized by the measure. Increase in court and law enforcement costs, not likely to exceed the tens of millions of dollars annually, related to removing firearms from prohibited persons as part of court sentencing proceedings. These costs could be offset to some extent by fees authorized by the measure. Potential increase in state and local correctional costs, not likely to exceed the low millions of dollars annually, related to new and increased penalties. (15-0098.)

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  1. I buy ammo in NV, AZ, TX and NM . . I travel there often. I don’t want ANY government to know what I have.

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