California’s Ban on Direct-Mail Ammunition Shipments

California’s #1 stocking-stuffer this past Christmas? COLD HARD BRASS. Direct-mail ammunition sales went up over 900 percent in some cities compared to the previous year’s sales—thanks in part to a slew of stricter gun laws and regulations enacted by the state of California that are taking effect at the beginning of 2018.

Prop 63, passed in late 2016, prohibited the possession of large-capacity ammunition magazines, tightened the restrictions on who could purchase ammunition, and required permitting for anyone that wishes to purchase ammunition. In 2017, the government got even tighter with gun control, with new ammunition regulations that will further impact consumers.

What This Means for You, Marksman

As of January 1st, 2018 in California, ammunition ordered online or by catalog cannot be delivered to your home. Instead, if ordering through these routes, residents of California must have their ammunition shipped to a licensed dealer approved by the Department of Justice, and must purchase it in person.

And don’t get any ideas—it’s now illegal to transport ammunition purchased out of state into California.

So, What Can You Do About It?

The direct-mail ban does not apply to brass and other ammunition components. Residents of California who assemble their own bullets will still be able to enjoy the convenience of having ammo-making components shipped to their home.

With gun laws and regulations becoming stricter across the nation, now is the perfect time to start crafting your own ammunition if you haven’t already. Elite Reloading has all of the powder, primers, and once-fired brass needed for you to take matters into your own hands.