California gun stores see a run on ammo before new laws kick in (VIDEO)

11/27/18 7:30 AM | by

California gun stores see a run on ammo before new laws kick in (VIDEO)

Gun owners on the West Coast are investing in brass as additional regulations on ammo sales loom after the New Year.

Poway Weapons and Gear Range in the San Diego area sold nearly half of the 1.2 million rounds of ammunition they had on hand within hours of opening on Black Friday, KGTV reported.

The cause? California’s Prop. 63 ammo regulations have caused heartburn for dealers, added fees and wait times to gun owners seeking to buy ammunition, and forced online retailers and small ammo makers to modify their practices to comply– and more is on the way.

“The rush today is a direct reflection of the law,” said Danielle Rudolph, director of sales at Poway. “People are trying to stock up and save up now that way they don’t have to worry about it next year.”

Rudolph warns Prop. 63’s guidelines will have to log ammo sales in a database and inform state officials of the purchases.

Four states — Connecticut, Illinois, Massachusetts, and New Jersey — require firearms licenses for ammo sales but not background checks on each purchase. A law enacted in New York in 2013 is more akin to California’s new plan, requiring checks at purchase, but is in suspended animation as officials try to work out the mechanics of the program.

Latest Reviews

  • Hidden Heat

    Hidden Heat Holster: A Lacy Addition to Women’s Concealment got our hands on an original Hidden Heat Lace Holster to see if its beauty could keep pace with...

    Read Now
  • Blue Alpha Gear Brings Performance to EDC with Hybrid Belt

    A relative newcomer to the world of gun belts, Blue Alpha Gear quickly proved why gun owners and range goers...

    Read Now
  • Hudson H9: Competition, self defense or collector's item? (VIDEO)

    I recently picked up a more recently produced model to see if the hype was real and to see if...

    Read Now
  • Savage 220 Turkey

    Resurrecting the Bolt Action Shotgun: Savage 220 Turkey (VIDEO)

    For a glorious week, I hunted Rio Grande turkeys in the warmth of Texas spring with a Savage 220 Turkey,...

    Read Now