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Another DOJ SNAFU

January 12, 2018

DOJ’s record for implementing new gun regulations has been abysmal. From ammo to “assault weapons”, DOJ has failed time and time again to perform their legally mandated regulatory obligations.

The issuance of ammo vendor licenses was the department’s biggest disaster yet. Under the new law created by Prop 63, California ammunition dealers must have an ammunition vendor license to sell ammo after January 1, 2018. DOJ’s new ammo regulations were supposed to be ready for implementation all the way back in July of 2017. However, they weren’t even proposed until two weeks after the July 1st deadline. Because of this delay, DOJ failed to establish a system to regulate and issue licenses in time for January 1st. Due to this failure, ammunition vendors were unable to obtain the necessary license to stay open after New Years Day.

When El Dorado County Sheriff John D’Agostini requested a stay of enforcement because of the unissued licenses, DOJ declined to issue a stay and stated that businesses would have to “shut their doors” for a few days until the licenses were issued. Sheriff D’Agostini was outraged and refused to enforce the license requirements.

Outside of El Dorado County, ammo vendors across the state were forced to close their doors for over a day while DOJ scrambled to fix its mistake. Vendors of all sizes were impacted; everyone from Walmart to local mom and pop ammo stores was unable to sell ammunition. While the licenses were eventually issued the next day, this SNAFU only highlighted DOJ’s inability to do its job.

The fight against these new ammunition regulations has only just begun. CRPA and NRA are preparing to file a lawsuit to challenge these new laws, we will provide updates on the case as soon as they are available. Until then, remember, be safe, shoot straight, fight back!

DOJ’s record for implementing new gun regulations has been abysmal. From ammo to “assault weapons”, DOJ has failed time and time again to perform their legally mandated regulatory obligations.

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