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New California Law Makes Buying Ammo A Lot Harder

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By Nick Givas

California’s new restrictions on ammunition are set to take effect in January, making it harder to purchase, sell and transport firearm cartridges.

Proposition 63 was passed in 2016 and makes it illegal to sell ammunition without a license from the Department of Justice, NBC news reports. Any ammo purchased over the internet would also be required to be sold through a licensed dealer, who would then deliver it directly to the buyer.

The measure also prohibits driving ammunition across state lines, and institutes background checks for anyone looking to purchase bullets. The law requires sellers to track ammo sales electronically and submit records to the DOJ to be stored in the “Ammunition Purchase Records File.”

Ammunition is defined by the law as “one or more loaded cartridges consisting of a primed case, propellant, and with one or more projectiles,” according to NBC News. Exceptions to the law are granted for peace officers, licensed dealers and collectors.

State gun owners must also now report any stolen firearms within five days or face a fine from the state.

The National Rifle Association sent a letter to California Attorney General Xavier Becerra and the California Department of Justice last week asking for a stay of the law, citing “serious concerns” over “procedure.”

The letter argues a delay in the law’s implementation would not be unprecedented, and claims it would be “impossible” for every California ammunition vendor to comply with the new regulations in time for the January 1st deadline.

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