If you’re a gun owner who lives in California, you may not have been popping any champagne corks last night as 2017 turned to 2018. A new law heavily regulating ammunition sales went into effect with the flip of the page of your calendar. Which is why left coast gun owners had been buying gun food as fast as their disposable income would allow leading up to December 31.
Among the additional new roadblocks to normal firearm ownership and use the law puts up are requirements that ammunition only be sold by licensed dealers, face-to-face. That means no more online deals from Midway or Brownells. Unless you want to have the ammo shipped to an FFL before you pick it up. For which you’ll pay a transfer fee of up to $25. Fun, huh?
If that’s not enough, you’ll now have to undergo a background check for that box of .22LR for your afternoon of plinking with the kids. That’s right. The state will also record your purchases, keeping track of all of the ammo you buy in a new database they’ll be creating. A database which will act as a de facto list of the state’s gun owners. Oh, and don’t think you can just take a Saturday and drive to Nevada or Arizona when you want to stock up either, because that’s now illegal, too.
So your life as a gun owner in California just got more difficult, intrusive and probably at least marginally more expensive. Maybe you’re thinking of easing the stress by taking advantage of the fact that recreational use of marijuana became legal at midnight, too. But you’ll probably want to think again if you value your (remaining) gun rights.
Remember that while it may now be OK to blaze one up in the land where gun rights go to die, the feds still take a very dim view of marijuana use.
As the ATF’s form 4473 makes abundantly clear, possession or use of marijuana is still a crime as far as the G-men are concerned. So any cannabis use means you won’t pass a federal background check. Unless, of course, you’re planning to lie on your 4473, which is a felony in and of itself. That’s a problem that medical marijuana users have faced in California and other states for years now.
Happy new year!