"This impacts almost every average gun owner," said Cheryl Klein, a manager at Bear Mountain Sports. "They already jump through hoops to get their guns and now they have to jump through hoops to get their ammo."
California's new law placing restrictions on the sale and purchase of ammunition is drawing some gripes from local merchants and their customers. They say the new rules will limit access and raises prices.
Cheryl Klein, a manager at Bear Mountain Sports, said she's heard a number of complaints about the new law banning ammo purchased online from being delivered to homes.
"I’m sure it impacts almost every average gun owner," Klein said of the spate of new gun laws. "They already jump through hoops to get their guns and now they have to jump through hoops to get their ammo."
Also, as of Jan. 1, it's illegal to bring ammo purchased out of state back to California. Some people travel elsewhere to purchase ammunition in bulk at a reduced rate, Klein said. Now they'll be paying extra.
Valley Gun owner Ken Quarnberg said the stated purpose of these laws is to keep the guns out of the hands of "bad guys," but the bad guys are going to get them one way or another.
"There's an easy way to keep firearms out of (criminals') hands, and that is to keep (those criminals) off the streets," Quarnberg said. "But California doesn't seem to have the stomach to do that."
And the legislature isn't finished. In July 2019, anyone buying ammunition in the state will be required to undergo a background check.
The new ammo law that took effect Jan. 1 also caused more immediate problems for some retailers.
More than 100 Wal-Mart stores were forced to temporarily stop selling ammunition earlier this week because of a delay in issuing newly required permits on the part of state officials.
The Bee quoted Wal-Mart spokeswoman Delia Garcia as saying the company received its licenses mid afternoon Tuesday and was “in the process of making them available to our stores so that they can resume normal sales as quickly as possible.”
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