New Ammunition Laws

In an effort to bring our readers a variety of interesting and educational information we’ll from time to time be featuring contributions from various members of our San Diego County gun community. The following was written by Savannah Cross, CEO of Cross Armory in Carlsbad, Ca. – JTD

Fall is here and in less than four months the latest round of overreach from the state of California is coming. On Jan. 1, 2018, as most gun owners in the state are aware, new ammo laws will come into effect.

It’s worth noting the new regulations again, as this will have a significant impact throughout the gun community, from mom and pop stores to someone just trying to purchase ammo.

The following will be incorporated into the law of the land per Laura Cromwell of Cabela’s:

  • Vendors – Vendors must have Department of Justice (DOJ) approval to sell ammo. Current retailers with an ammo supply may stop providing ammunition altogether due to the process of getting DOJ consent. For hunters and shooters in rural areas who rely on mom-and-pop sporting goods stores, they may need to seek out a new supplier as well as plan on driving a lot farther to find the ammunition of their choice.
  • Importing ammunition— Californians must go to an ammunition vendor that has been approved by the DOJ. If a resident orders ammunition from a website, the ammo in question must be sent to an approved vendor for the consumer to pick up. Purchasing ammunition out of state and then returning to California runs the risk of incurring a misdemeanor charge of transporting ammo across state lines.
  • Transferring ammunition— For anyone who has ammunition they are looking to part with, you will need to enlist a DOJ-approved vendor to complete the transaction, same way you would transfer a firearm to a new owner.

For more about the upcoming legislation, visit the San Diego County Gun Owners (SDCGO) site or read Cromwell’s full piece at TheFirearmBlog.

Savannah Cross is the CEO of Cross Armory in Carlsbad, CA, and can be contacted by visiting


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