Gun owners stock up on ammunition before California law changes

Posted at 6:20 PM, Nov 23, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-24 12:38:02-05

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - It's a new twist on Black Friday shopping. Customers are flocking to buy ammunition before a new California gun law goes into effect. 

It’s called the “1 million round month.” Just a few hours after opening its doors, Poway Weapons and Gear Range sold half of their 1.2 million rounds of ammo. 

“Today is a direct reflection of the law,” says Danielle Rudolph, Director of Sales at Poway Weapons and Gear Range. “People are trying to stock up and save up now that way they don’t have to worry about it next year.” 

The new law starting in July says in addition to a gun permit, gun owners will have to pass another background check to buy ammunition. Retailers will then have to log the amount of ammo gun owners purchase in a database. The records will be sent to the Department of Justice. 

When asked about the store’s large sale, Ron Marcus with the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence said in part: 

“The bottom line is regardless of how people try to prepare themselves before the law goes into effect, majority of Californians voted on Prop. 63 that put these laws into effect."

Store owners say they will order more ammunition for customers to purchase at a reduced price. The “1 million round month” sale will end December 31st.