Ammunition in California

In July 2019, two new regulations went into effect in California which impacted the purchase and use of ammunition for hunting.

Non-Lead Ammunition for Hunting.  As of that date, lead ammunition used for hunting was banned for all areas of the State.  This change was phased in over a number of years and, fortunately, the Club was included in the last category that was impacted.  As of July 2019 you must use not lead shotshells to hunt at Hastings Island.  You may hunt with Bismuth, Heavy Shot, and all types of steel shotshells – in essence, anything that does not contain lead.  Most of our hunters will choose to shoot steel shot, mostly due to price.  Because the ballistic properties of steel are very different from lead, we have changed the list of ammo that we allow to for hunting on Hastings Island to include: 12ga and 20ga, #5 and #6 shot size, with a powder load producing at least a minimum of 1,300fps at the muzzle.  Magnum shells are prohibited.  Lead based ammunition is still allowed for shooting trap.

Background checks for the purchase of ammunition.

ALERT:  A FEDERAL JUDGE ON APRIL 23, 2020 STRUCK DOWN CALIFORNIA’S REQUIREMENT FOR BACKGROUND CHECKS FOR THE PURCHASE OF AMMUNITION. You can read more about this here.

ON APRIL 24, 2020 THE STATE ATTORNEY GENERAL’S MOTION TO STAY THE ORDER ELIMINATING AMMUNITION BACKGROUND CHECKS WAS DENIED BY THE FEDERAL DISTRICT COURT.  You can read that order here.

LATE ON APRIL 24, 2020, THE 9th DISTRICT COURT OF APPEALS GRANTED A STAY TO THE ORDER ELIMINATING AMMUNITION BACKGROUND CHECK…. meaning that background checks are again, still required.  You car read more here and here.

The Club will continue to process ammunition purchases through the California Department of Justice DROS background check process, until there is clarity to ammunition vendors from the Department of Justice on this issue.

Nevertheless, be clear that we do not like the background check process, nor do we agree with its intended purpose.