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California’s War on Guns Broadens to a War on Ammunition Beginning January 1, 2018

Breitbart – by AWR Hawkins

California’s war on guns will soon broaden to a war on ammunition as a ban on the possession of bullets purchased out-of-state takes effect January 1, 2018.

This is one of many steps going into effect which will quickly place ammunition under controls similar to those which Democrat lawmakers have placed on firearms.  

According to the Sacramento Bee, it will also be illegal “to transfer or buy ammo” from anyone other than a licensed dealer within the state, beginning January 1. California residents can order ammunition from a catalog as long as they have that ammunition shipped to a licensed dealer for pickup. The dealer will then add a “processing fee” to the cost of the ammunition.

In this scenario, a “processing fee” is just another tax that law-abiding citizens will pay for the bullets they buy.

Then, in 2019, all ammunition purchasers will be required to undergo a background check like those currently required for firearm sales. That background check will require the law-abiding citizen to “pay a $1 state fee” for the check. That “fee” is yet another tax.

This is how gun control or, in this case, ammunition control, works. First. they limit the supply by passing a law that it is only legal to possess ammunition purchased in California. Then they pass a law narrowing options even further, so that it is only legal to purchase in-state ammunition from a licensed dealer. Then they apply a tax but call it a “processing fee.” And in 2019 they will apply another tax of $1 to help cover the cost of a point of sale background check for law-abiding ammunition purchasers.

Once such fees are in place it is quite easy for state bureaucrats to increase them to cover unforeseen costs. In the end, this will make ammunition cost-prohibitive for poorer families who may live in situations where they need a gun and ammunition worse than anyone.

It should be clear from California’s gun control history that these laws on ammunition are only the beginning. After all, California implemented background checks for firearms then followed that with gun registration requirements and gun confiscation laws. They even put in a 10-day waiting period on gun purchases and required would-be gun buyers to acquire a certificate from the state proving eligibility to buy a gun. The certificate is only good for five years and requires a fee at renewal. That fee is another tax.

Ammunition laws will follow the same pattern if Californians keep electing the same people to office.

AWR Hawkins is an award-winning Second Amendment columnist for Breitbart News, the host of the Breitbart podcast Bullets, and the writer/curator of Down Range with AWR Hawkinsa weekly newsletter focused on all things Second Amendment, also for Breitbart News. He is the political analyst for Armed American Radio. Follow him on Twitter: @AWRHawkins. Reach him directly at Sign up to get Down Range at

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6 Responses to California’s War on Guns Broadens to a War on Ammunition Beginning January 1, 2018

  1. Mark Schumacher in LV says:

    It was only a matter of time. The second foot finally dropped.

  2. Calico says:

    The Communists in Kalifornia are going to introduce a bill in 2018 which will limit the amount of ammunition a citizen can have in their home. I’m not sure how much will be allowed but I’m sure it will be 100 or less rounds.

  3. Jolly Roger says:

    Tired of hearing it. When there’s a “war on guns” anywhere, it will be accompanied by targets to shoot at. Until then, I don’t have time for your threats and BS.

    Come and take ’em.

  4. Darzak says:

    Molon Labe

  5. Enemy of the State says:

    If anyone in that state plays along with this crap..they are so done,,and soon it will creep out of that cesspool of CA and head all of our ways

    be ready..resist
    every gun owner in that state should stop all ammo purchases within that state, and find other avenues to ammo up
    this is an ACT OF WAR, treat it as such

  6. Ed Teach says:

    The people there need a good ol fashioned lynching of their masters.

    But they will probably just keep flooding into other states and complain how their new state isn’t California.
    That is the thing I hate the most about Californians. They leave because it sucks and then brag how awesome it was. !like mexicans. Can’t fix their problems, just take them everywhere else.

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