California Residents Must Buy Ammunition Through a Licensed Ammunition Vendor

Posted by Neil Shouse | Jan 16, 2018 | 0 Comments

The California State Legislature recently passed a restriction on the sale of ammunition. Section 30312 of the California Penal Code requires the sale of ammunition to be conducted by or processed through a licensed ammunition dealer authorized by the Department Of Justice (DOJ).  


Pursuant to the code, the seller must be a licensed ammunition dealer in order for the transaction to be lawful.  If neither party is a licensed ammunition dealer, the parties must process the sale through a third-party vendor, such as a DOJ approved ammunition shop.  

This means that California consumers can no longer purchase ammunition directly from a seller online unless the online seller is approved by the DOJ.  Additionally, the third-party vendor may charge the purchaser an administrative fee to process the transaction.  

However, this provision does not apply to following:   

  • Law enforcement officials
  • Peace Officers
  • An importer or manufacturer of ammunition or firearms
  • A licensed collector of firearms
  • An ammunition vendor*

 Violation of this provision is a misdemeanor offense.

 *For an exhaustive list please see Section 30312 (c) of the California penal code.

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Southern California DUI Defense attorney Neil Shouse graduated with honors from UC Berkeley and Harvard Law School (and completed additional graduate studies at MIT).


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