UPDATE (4/25/20): The United States Court of Appeals has granted an emergency stay on the injunction, which means we are required to immediately halt all sales of ammunition to customers in California. We apologize for the confusion. Any orders for ammunition from California residents will be refunded in full. We will provide further updates as we receive them.
A federal judge in California blocked the state’s ammunition purchase law on Thursday, temporarily allowing residents to purchase ammunition without a background check.
California Ammo Restrictions Reversed
U.S. District Judge Roger Benitez in San Diego announced the ruling after receiving a request from the California Rifle & Pistol Association (CRPA) to stop background checks and restrictions on ammo sales.
(Benitez granted a preliminary injunction in the NRA-supported lawsuit, Rhode v Becerra, challenging California’s ammunition restrictions. NRA-ILA will have more information to follow as the opinion is more fully analyzed, so stay tuned to their news here.)
“The experiment has been tried. The casualties have been counted,” Benitez wrote in a 120-page opinion. “California’s new ammunition background check law misfires and the Second Amendment rights of California citizens have been gravely injured.”
You can read the CRPA’s response to this news here.
A History of Restrictions
California has a history of being a tough place to live for supporters of the Second Amendment.
State voters approved stricter firearm and ammo laws in 2016 and restrictions took effect last July, according to the above article.
California residents are encouraged to buy ammunition while they can, as it appears only to be a matter of time before the ammo purchase restrictions are back in place.
What do you think of this decision by the federal judge? Are you a California resident? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.