New California Gun Control Bans Direct Mail of Ammunition

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By Sam Bocetta:

California’s ridiculous gun laws haven’t done much to stop mass shootings, such as the San Bernardino shooting in 2015, or the state’s rising gun violence rate. But, defying all common sense, Jerry Brown decided in 2016 that it was time for even more gun control. This latest legislation once again proves that California doesn’t care about the Second Amendment, it doesn’t care about your right to self-defense and it doesn’t care about its millions of law-abiding gun owners.

Ammo was a big focus of the new gun restrictions set to make life more difficult for Californians in 2018, and like most of California’s gun laws, the ammo restrictions make zero sense. It would be comical, and in fact, many gun rights groups have lampooned California’s laws in parody videos. But underneath the humor is the sad truth that the state has been showing zero respect to the Second Amendment for years.

The change that will hit gun owners the most in the pocketbook is the ban on having ammo shipped directly to your home. This was already the case in certain cities, but it’s the law statewide as of January 1, 2018. You’re still free to purchase your ammo from either an online store or a catalog, but the supplier will need to send it to a vendor in your area with a federal firearms license. You can then go there to pick up your purchase, and as you can expect, the vender will charge you a processing fee so that they make something for their troubles.

Online stores and catalogs often have the best deals on ammo, but this new law puts gun owners between a rock and a hard place. You can either shop at local ammo stores and likely pay a bit more than you would shop online, or shop online and eat that processing fee. This change is also bad news for many reputable online ammunition vendors because they’re going to take a hit to their profits.

It gets even more inconvenient on July 1, 2019, which is when background checks on California ammo purchases kick in. Not only will you need to go through a background check every single time you buy ammo, you’ll be the one paying for it, too, courtesy of a $1 state fee. So, the state gives you a silly hoop to jump through, and then it tells you to pay what that costs.

The new ammo laws have proceeded smoothly compared to the new assault weapons laws, though. After years of California saying that AR-15s are bad, but AR-15s with bullet buttons are okay, it has now decided that AR-15s with bullet buttons are bad, as well. Previously, a bullet button turned a detachable magazine into a fixed magazine in the eyes of the law, because it required a tool to detach the magazine. The state has reversed course on that and said that even with a bullet button, the magazine is still detachable. To avoid having an assault weapon, you need to either go with a featureless AR-15 or get one with a fixed magazine that requires you to disassemble the entire action to remove it.

Option three, if you had a bullet button AR-15 prior to 2017, is registering it with the California DOJ. The original registration deadline was December 31, 2017, but now it’s June 30, 2018, probably because the DOJ didn’t even have its registration form ready until halfway through August. This allows you to register your AR-15 as an assault weapon, and if you do so, you’ll need to provide all kinds of information on it, along with multiple pictures of the gun.

One of the most appalling things about these new gun laws is that they’re a complete invasion of privacy, especially for those who shop online or borrow to finance their purchases. Laws that give the government so much information on private citizens are one of the reasons many people turn to VPNs and similar services to protect their identities online.

According to recent financial data research, most customers who shop online are totally unaware that their banks are tracking many of their financial transactions. And with the latest ChexSystems protocols, your bank could freeze your funds without warning (as such, if you’re shopping for guns online, always use a no-ChexSystem bank, regardless of whether or not you’re using a VPN).

Looking at these laws logically, it’s natural to wonder what the point of them is. Spend any time on Calguns and you’ll see that everyone there is a law-abiding citizen who just wants to avoid breaking these increasingly complex restrictions. I don’t think anyone would argue that criminals are putting in any sort of effort to understand California’s gun laws.

In the scope of the left’s agenda, though, what California is doing makes perfect sense. This is about small steps towards a goal. Each new gun control measure strips away rights. That’s how a state goes from having AR-15s fully legal to requiring bullet buttons on AR-15s, to requiring bullet button AR-15s registered as assault weapons. What comes after registration? Confiscation.

And if you think your registered AR-15 will be grandfathered in, just remember that California grandfathered in high-capacity magazines, too. Now, it’s looking to ban possession of them entirely. Having your gun grandfathered in only matters until the state says it doesn’t.

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Sam Bocetta is a retired contractor who worked for over 35 years as an engineer specializing in cyber warfare and Navy computer systems. Past projects include the development of EWTR systems, Antifragile EW project, and development of Chaff countermeasures. Sam now teaches at Algonquin Community College in Ottawa, Canada as a part time engineering professor.

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  1. Let’s see… I’ve got a trip to Vegas next month. Maybe I’ll pick up a few hundred rounds to bring back home in the Toyota. I remember when California wasted money inspecting vehicles for citrus fruits coming into the state. I guess we can see a whole new bureaucracy at the borders, looking for 5.56 mm rounds.

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