NORTHERN FIREARMS INSTRUCTION IS PROUD TO BE THE INFORMATION SOURCE FOR THOUSANDS OF CALIFORNIA GUN OWNERS. ON 5/22/19 THE CA DOJ RELEASED IT’S PROPOSED AMMUNITION BACKGROUND CHECK REGULATIONS on AMMUNITION PURCHASES AND TRANSFERS, WHICH ARE SCHEDULED TO GO INTO EFFECT 7/1/19. HERE ARE THE HIGHLIGHTS AND THE LINK TO THE PROPOSED REGULATIONS.
NOTE: THIS IS THE PROPOSED REGULATION ONLY. IT STILL MUST BE APPROVED BY THE CALIFORNIA OFFICE OF ADMINISTRATIVE LAW. THIS INFORMATION IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE.
A) On 7/1/19 all ammunition transfers and purchases must go through a licensed ammunition vendor. There are a few exemptions to this, such as law enforcement or use on a licensed shooting facility, as long as the ammunition is kept on the facility property at all times. THERE IS NO EXEMPTION FOR CALIFORNIA CCW HOLDERS.
B) All ammunition purchased over the internet must be delivered to a licensed ammunition vendor.
C) You cannot transport ammunition purchased from another state into California unless you are exempted. Some examples of exemptions are: (1) Federally licensed vendors with a certificate of eligibility, or a person receiving ammunition from an immediate family member.
D) You will need a CA driver’s license or ID card to to begin the background check process. This process will electronically access the Automated Firearms System and the Prohibited Persons List to approve the purchase. The purchaser will also have the option to undergo a full-scale background check much like purchasing a firearm. Under current State law, you only need to provide proof of age to purchase ammunition, but according to the new DOJ regulation, that will change on 7/1/19, to a CA DL or ID.
E) A person can receive ammunition as a gift if an exemption applies ( the transaction is not subject to a background check because of a business or law enforcement exemption), or the transaction is between immediate family members.
F) The Background check will normally cost $1 for electronic verification at the point-of-sale, and $19 for a full scale verification, much like a firearms purchase
G) California law requires the background check to be done instantly but the DOJ regulations suggest this will not be the case. The DOJ has submitted a plan which would issue “Ammunition Transaction Numbers” so that purchasers could monitor the status of their background check.
H) According to the proposed regulations, it will be up to the purchaser to decide which background check processor to use.
I) You can check your Automated Firearm System (“AFS”) record by downloading and submitting the following form from the DOJ. The form outlines all firearms associated with an individual registered at the DOJ. Select the form here to download and follow the instructions. This record is ONE of the means available to approve an ammunition purchase. The form number is BOF053 (rev. 9/2018). Select the link to download the form.
J) Any person who sells more that 500 rounds of ammunition in 30 days must obtain a California Ammunition Vendor’s License.
K) The Proposed Regulations are not approved yet. Once they are approved by the California Office of Administrative Law, they will be enforceable. The target date is 7/1/19, But the DOJ is famous for not meeting any sort of deadline.
Once the law is approved, Northern Firearms Instruction will send the changes and a copy of the enforceable regulation.
Remember: It’s our right, AND our responsibility.