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NRA And CRPA Attorneys Petition CA AG To Clarify Enforcement Intentions Regarding Upcoming Ammunition Vendor License Requirements

December 26, 2017

On Wednesday, December 20, NRA and CRPA attorneys submitted a letter to California Attorney General Xavier Becerra and the California Department of Justice, Bureau of Firearms, requesting clarification on their intentions to enforce the upcoming requirements that all ammunition sales in California be processed by a licensed ammunition vendor.

Recent changes to California law require ammunition vendors to be in possession of a valid ammunition vendor license by January 1, 2018, in order to continue selling ammunition in California. But because the California Department of Justice failed in its statutory duties to submit the necessary regulations for the issuance of such licenses, many ammunition vendors will be unable to obtain the necessary license before January 1. As a result, vendors will be forced to either cease all ammunition sales or risk prosecution.

The law required DOJ to implement the necessary regulations no later than July 1, 2017, but DOJ failed to even propose the regulations until July 14, 2017. Those regulations are still pending, and likely will not be implemented until after the New Year. As a result, many ammunition vendors are in the dark on how to conduct their business beginning January 1.

The letter submitted by NRA and CRPA attorneys requests an official stay of enforcement of the new requirements to allow ammunition vendors enough time to apply for and obtain the necessary license. Additionally, the letter demands DOJ post the entire rulemaking file regarding the proposed ammunition vendor license regulations as it stated it would.

NRA and CRPA attorneys are continuing to monitor the implementation of the upcoming ammunition sales restrictions, and will provide members with any updates as they occur. To that end, make sure you are subscribed to NRA and CRPA email alerts to be notified of any changes.

Available Now—NRA And CRPA Webinars On 
How To Avoid “Assault Weapon” Registration

NRA and CRPA attorneys recently hosted a two-part webinar on how California residents can avoid registering their firearms as “assault weapons” with the California Department of Justice. If you were unable to attend the live presentation, both webinars were recorded and are now available on CRPA’s website. Additional webinars regarding other changes to California gun laws, including the recently adopted “assault weapon” regulations and the associated registration process, can also be found there.

On Wednesday, December 20, NRA and CRPA attorneys submitted a letter to California Attorney General Xavier Becerra and the California Department of Justice, Bureau of Firearms, requesting clarification on their intentions to enforce the upcoming requirements that all ammunition sales in California be processed by a licensed ammunition vendor.

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