New California gun ammo laws now in effect
A list of new gun laws are now in effect in the state of California. Last year, voters approved provisions under 'Proposition 63' that now changes the way retailers and people can buy and sell gun ammunition.
Jacob Belemjian, the owner of the Firing Line Shooting Range in Clovis tells us new California guns laws have made things strict for both vendors and buyers. All gun dealers now need a certification of eligibility from the California Department of Justice to verify it passed a background check to sell ammunition.
“If you are buying your ammunition from a place that sells firearms the state automatically issued to those establishments. We just got ours either Wednesday or Thursday of last week,” said Belemjian.
Under the new laws, Belemjian says his new employees now need a background check to handle ammunition. He also says customers can no longer help themselves to ammunition. He also says bullets are no longer allowed on the showroom floor.
"They are going to find they are going to need to get a sales associate to help them. You can no longer have access to ammunition it must be an employee that gives it to them. So, you're going to see cages and glass doors over ammunition,” Belemjian.
Like gun sales, people are now unable to buy ammunition directly from online retailers. Any online ammunition purchases must now be sent to an authorized gun dealer for pick-up.
"It is also illegal to purchase ammunition out of state and bring it back. It is illegal to give ammunition to another person," Belemjian.
Next year people will also need permits to purchase ammo and retailers will need to charge a processing fee to report how much you’re buying.
"You'll fill out some sort of application and send that to the California DOJ. They will conduct a background check on you and make sure you are legal to purchase ammunition," said Belemjian.
Belemjian says to avoid the hassle some gun owners are now stocking up on ammo.
"People trying to beat it before they have to report it to the state of what they're purchasing and also to save money," said Belemjian.