(KPIX 5) — Ammunition sales across California are skyrocketing heading into the end of the year, but the deals have nothing to do with Christmas or holiday sales.

Direct-mail ammo sales are up 187 percent over last year, with some of the biggest increases are in the Bay Area.

In Concord, sales have rocketed 968 percent. In Santa Clara, sales have spiked 315 percent.

California hunters and gun enthusiasts are stocking up on ammunition this holiday season with online sales.

Come January 1, ammo purchased online can’t be delivered to your doorstep. It will have to be shipped to a licensed dealer that has been approved by the Department of Justice.

But dealers are still waiting for the DOJ to release its exact guidelines on who can supply ammo.

“We are waiting for them to give us the when, where and how,” said Kevin Yost, manager of Guns, Fishing and Other Things. “It’s a big unknown circle right now that we would love to have the answer to and hope to get it really soon.”

Smaller mom-and-pop retailers may stop selling ammunition altogether because of the process of getting DOJ consent.

“It’s not an attempt to prevent law-abiding citizens from purchasing ammunition,” said Griffin Dix, Co-Chair of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. “But it is an attempt to make sure that the sales don’t go to criminals and other persons who are prohibited from buying ammunition.”

Startting July of 2019, California residents will need to have a background check prior to purchasing ammo.

With 2018 just a few weeks away, ammo retailers are trying to gear up for the new changes.

“Unfortunately we are still waiting for a lot of the clarity and the clarification coming down from the Department of Justice as to what these actual regulations are going to be, how they’re going to be enforced, and how they’re going to impact both the consumer and the retail store,” said Yost. “Right now we just don’t know. So until that happens, we’re waiting just like everybody else is waiting.”

San Francisco already prohibits direct home delivery from online sales. So if you want to buy ammo come January 1st, you’ll have to find a gun store that has the DOJ licensing to be able to pick up your shipment.


Comments (22)
  1. Mark Farris says:

    Now CA will have to deal with a new crime wave with a new black market for trafficked ammo. It gets worse as reloaded is not regulated, yet, criminals will start making their own ammo and can make it better at that and sell premium armor piercing round that are illegal to buy anywhere else. By this reduction of supply the unintended consequences will be disastrous for police who will be more vulnerable to better and deadlier round.

  2. Sad part: Jerry Brown and his soft-headed minions don’t want to lock up violent criminals and would rather mess over the law abiding public.

  3. Prester Kahn says:

    “But dealers are still waiting for the DOJ to release its exact guidelines on who can supply ammo”
    ““It’s not an attempt to prevent law-abiding citizens from purchasing ammunition,” said Griffin Dix, Co-Chair of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence”

    Sure sounds like it to me……

  4. Dave Zittin says:

    And pray tell Mr. Brady representative, how will purchases made in other states and trucked into illegal hands be stopped? This bill clearly penalizes law abiding citizens and will have zero effect on the illegal purchase of guns and ammo. Wake up – try to understand and quit the virtue signalling.

    1. That’s the point. It’s not about stopping criminals, it’s about disarmament, and his comments are a lie. The elite can’t trust the peasants with their guns.

      Any time someone pushes for more regulations, look at who it impacts, it impacts them for a reason. Because those are the ones the bill author and supporters do not trust, and feel they must take from those they do not trust with force.

  5. Stop wasting money on ammo and use that cash to LEAVE THE STATE. CA is lost. I did it last year and I can’t tell you how free you feel when you walk into a Cabelas, pick out a handgun, and 20 minutes later (paperwork and yes, you still do a background check) walk out, gun in hand.

    Don’t say you can’t leave. Nevada is ten times more free, and you can be there in a couple hours. I did Wisconsin, but there are tons of more free states in between.

    GET. OUT.

  6. Juan Valdez says:

    Drive a little, save a lot! Ammo Depot setting up shops in NV and AZ. No background checks, no hassles. We specialize in 9MM, 45ACP, 5.56, and 7.62×39. Sold in lots of 100, 500, and 1,000 only. Use our drive thru for fast service. Major credit cards with ID accepted!

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