May 29, 2019 by L.A. Paredes

When July 1, 2019 rolls around, there are going to be a lot of people caught unaware when they find out they have to provide everything but their firstborn kid when buying ammunition.

Sad but true – ammo registration is right around the corner and a lot of unsuspecting folks are going to be mighty angry when they head to Walmart to buy a single box of shells.  Regulations were just released by the Department of Justice and as usual, they took their sweet time – moving slower than molasses in releasing the final product.  Gun dealers have been on pins and needles waiting to see to what degree DOJ was going to, uh, screw them.

The background check process is the most significant problem by far and shows they are simply not able to follow the law.  Current California law mandates the background check to be completed instantly.  Given this requirement, why then would DOJ regulations issue “Ammunition Transaction Numbers” allowing purchasers to “monitor the status” of the background check? IF BACKGROUND CHECKS ARE REQUIRED TO BE INSTANT, WHY WOULD ANYONE NEED TO “MONITOR THE STATUS” OF ANYTHING?  Once again, the Department placing themselves above what is legally required.

Obviously, the collection of personal data is equally as contemptible.  Things are pretty darn rotten when voting requires NO ID whatsoever but buying ammo requires a “licensed vendor” to collect data on:

  • The date of the sale/transfer;
  • The purchaser’s driver’s license or other identification number and the state in which it was issued***;
  • The brand, type, and amount of ammunition sold or otherwise transferred;
  • The purchaser’s full name and signature;
  • The name of the salesperson who processed the transaction;
  • The purchaser’s full residential address and telephone number;
  • The purchaser’s date of birth.

If that’s not bad enough, the Department is also illegally requiring citizenship status – from legal non-residents.  This is rich – DOJ wants those with legal residency in the United States to document the origin of their citizenship while California wants to expand free medical coverage to those who are in this country illegally.

Thank goodness a lawsuit** has been filed that very effectively challenges this garbage, because before it even begins, ammo registration is a big cluster.  The Department has already indicated that they are not capable of complying with current law.  What an example for the people of California…

  • For detailed answers to important questions on “who, what, why and how” of the new laws regarding the purchase of ammunition starting July 1, 2019, check out CRPAs FAQ Sheet here.
  • **Rhode v Becerra: Filed by our friends at CRPA/NRA which states “Among other effects, the Challenged Provisions completely ban direct mail order ammunition purchases, implement a costly vendor-licensing system, subjects countless of ammunition purchases to a burdensome registration scheme, place numerous restrictions on ammunition vendors, and impose multiple costly fees and prohibitive price increases on ammunition purchasers.” To read the full case, click here.

***ADDENDUM: There is NOTHING in statute or regulations issued by the Department of Justice that requires a REAL ID for the purchase of ammunition beginning July 1, 2019. For details about the new regulations, we strongly encourage you to read the very thorough CRPA FAQ which can be found at


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here