Upcoming Regulations in California
Regulations for Ammunition
- A state-issued business license will be required for anyone interesting in selling 500 or more rounds of ammunition. All sales will be restricted to an exact business location or gun shows.
- Necessary documentation and a background check are required for The Department of Justice to give an ammunition vendor license. Any employees selling any ammunition or firearm will be required to submit to a background check and complete all mandatory paperwork & training.
- Starting January 1, 2018, all ammunition related sales must be done so through a certified vendor. Ammo bought from a different state or online must be delivered to a licensed vendor and handed to the purchaser after passing a background check.
Ammunition Sales Records
- Beginning on July 1, 2019, all ammunition sales are required to be kept and recorded by a licensed vendor and later reported to The Department of Justice.
- All records’ confidentiality will be maintained unless needed for the purposes of law enforcement.
Ammunition Sales for the Shooting Range
- No background checks will be needed for individuals seeking to purchase ammunition at a range with the sole requirement that the ammunition is not taken from the facility.
Sales Conducted at Gun Shows
- All ammo on show at any California gun show must be contained in a sealed container unless being observed by a prospective buyer with the assistance of a licensed vendor/employee.
- Aside from security or law enforcement, no one should have a firearm and matching ammunition in their possession at the same time.
- Any manufacturing, sale, transportation, importation or intention to sell any ammunition designed specifically to penetrate armor or metal is banned in California.
Applications for Ammunition Vendor License
- All applicants interested in receiving a license must submit their applications to The Department of Justice, along with necessary documents:
- Certificate of Eligibility obtained after passing a background check
- Valid State Board of Equalization Sellers permit
- Business or regulatory license required by local government
- Federal Firearm License (if licensed federally)
Sales between Private Parties
- All business between two private parties must be done so through a licensed ammunition dealer and adhere to the following fees:
- DOJ fee
- Vendor is allowed to apply an additional fee for processing and recording of sale
- The fee cannot be more than 5 dollars if the purchaser is present.
- If the buyer is not present, the vendor may charge an additional fee for any storage needs that is priced at an agreed amount before any ammunition is received.
- All ammunition must be displayed in a sealed and locked container.
- Ammo must not be accessible to the purchaser without the vendor or employee providing the required assistance.
Upcoming Regulations Regarding Firearms
- Starting on July 1, 2018, all individuals interesting in constructing or manufacturing a firearm must apply for a special serial number with the DOJ first.
- Anyone with a current firearm that does not possess a specific serial number must apply for one before January 1, 2019.
Assault Weapon with the Bullet Button Feature
- Beginning January 1, 2017, any firearm featuring the “bullet button” will be classified as an assault weapon and must be registered before the deadline on June 30, 2018.
Redefined meaning of Assault Weapon
- Incoming regulations will redefine an “assault weapon” as a semi-automatic pistol or semiautomatic centerfire rifle with no fixed magazines with these specific characteristics
- A pistol with any of the these
- Pistol Grip
- Thumbhole stock
- Grenade Launcher
- Forward Pistol Grip
- Flash Suppressor
- Second-hand grip
- Threaded barrel
- Can use a magazine outside the grip
- Shroud attached to the barrel
- Exempt from punishment a person who was in possession of an assault weapon prior to January 1, 2017, if requirements are met:
- Anyone in possession of their assault weapon that does not have a fixed magazine, including weapons with an ammunition feeding device that can be removed with a tool between January 1, 2001, to December 31, 2017
- All those that have registered with the DOJ before the deadline on June 30, 2018.
- A pistol with any of the these