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Old 03-19-2020, 06:19 AM   #1
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ammo purchase questions

I started reading on this but hoping I can get quick "real" answers from the BARF. I haven't had the 357 out in many years so way behind the times on rules and regs. And not being overly alarmist or anything but if this turns into the walking dead or something I think I might want to stock up a bit. I learned a lot from that show.

How does one buy ammo in CA?

Where does one buy ammo in CA?

Can you buy it online and have it shipped to your door?

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Old 03-19-2020, 06:57 AM   #2
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I started reading on this but hoping I can get quick "real" answers from the BARF. I haven't had the 357 out in many years so way behind the times on rules and regs. And not being overly alarmist or anything but if this turns into the walking dead or something I think I might want to stock up a bit. I learned a lot from that show.

How does one buy ammo in CA?
The trick to buying ammo today in CA is that you need to be registered with the DOJ. You get registered automatically if you've bought a pistol in the past, what, 20 years or so, or a rifle in the past 5? or so years ago.

But here's the kicker.

If you have moved since you purchased the firearm, and you have not updated the DOJ, well, then, you need to update that address.

Once that's all done, you have to pay a fee and get a little card/permit that you use to buy ammo. When you buy the ammo, you pass a background check and the ammo is logged "registered".

If you ARE NOT registered with the DOJ, then you can buy ammo for a fee of, I think, $29 or $39 PER TRANSACTION, and you can only do that once every 30 days.

So, if you're not registered, and want a quick box of 50 .357 from the local Big 5, it's going to be a pricey box of ammo.

I don't know if there are any exemptions at rental places or not.

So. If you wish to buy ammo on any regular basis, you should register with the DOJ. If you already have firearms registered with your current address, you're already set, otherwise you need to contact them and get it updated. You can't do this through the gun store.

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Gun store, sporting goods stores, gun shows. Not your neighbor, not your Uncle Sal.

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Can you buy it online and have it shipped to your door?
No.

This is all from memory, but that should be the gist of it. I'm sure others can chime is with any mistakes or clarifications.
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When you ask a firearms/ammo question, responses nearly always carry some incorrect advice.

Go here: Cal Guns Forum

For example in the above, you can still buy ammo from your neighbor or Uncle Sal, but it must be done through a FFL. But that's nitpicking and 'berth' did get the gist of it.
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Old 03-19-2020, 11:49 AM   #4
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Thanks guys.

Purchased maybe 30 years ago and I've moved. Looks like I have some updating to do. Or have some expensive boxes of 50.

Just clicked on Calguns.net and will do some homework there.
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Old 03-20-2020, 07:54 AM   #5
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There is no card or permit for buying ammunition. There is one for buying firearms though. But since ammunition isn't a firearm, you don't need it (no need to take the Firearms Safety Certificate test).

If you are in the system, you pay $1 background/elegibility check per transaction. If you buy a box of ammo it's $1 and then pay then decide to buy 5 more boxes, you must pay for another BG check and purchase the ammo. If you decide to stock up for the year and buy 20K rounds, it's still $1 Per transaction.You can come back the next day and buy more, there's no one-in-thirty clause.

If you are not in the system, you pay a $19 background/eligibility check for the first transaction. Each time you do a purchase afterwards, it's one dollar.

There are exemptions at ranges. However, the stipulation is that you don't take any ammunition off the premises. How enforced that is depends on the range you choose to go to.

Many have found that if they haven't purchased in years, it is easier to buy a lower receiver and use that information on your next ammo purchase. Personally I just brought in a copy of my DROS paperwork (I was denied the first time around), and haven't had any issues since.

You CAN buy from neighbors. You can buy from friends. You can also buy from Uncle Sal. However, it must be done through an FFL and the transaction recorded.

You cannot buy online and have it sent to your door anymore (COE/FFL03 exempt) it must be sent to an FFL who will also charge you for the BG check+fees(varies with each FFL, call ahead to get prices) and taxes. Some places will still ship to your door in defiance of this new law, but you can rest assure that they'll hand your info over as soon as the gov't demands it.

If you are thinking of buying ammunition now, I will tell you it's pretty late and you may have to wait hours if you can even find them. People are in a panic buy, LGS are inundated with people throwing money at them for firearms AND ammunition, so expect to wait some time if they even have any in stock. Now with the shelter in place order, guns are not considered essential so they're probably anything but opened to the public.
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It doesn't matter. There is no ammo out there for handguns right now- the masses have picked it dry. There is a chance since you are shooting .357, 9mm, .45 and .40 fergetaboutit online or in store. Stores are "non-essential" according to Newsom, so they are closed anyway.
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ammo is out of stock everywhere....
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Old 08-04-2020, 09:08 PM   #8
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When you ask a firearms/ammo question, responses nearly always carry some incorrect advice.

Go here: Cal Guns Forum

For example in the above, you can still buy ammo from your neighbor or Uncle Sal, but it must be done through a FFL. But that's nitpicking and 'berth' did get the gist of it.
Went there to gather info...Iíll just say that itís not the sort of community I seek out, by and large. Stick to the Buy/Sell forums I say.
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Old 08-05-2020, 06:34 AM   #9
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Calguns is a very useful site you just have to search for your info.

I am not in Cali anymore but am thinking about making a move back so used them to research a ton of stuff and also asked the Milita on here also.

Good thing I have a large stash here in the swamps so it makes me a good neighbor, in Cali it would make me some sort of criminal.
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