Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Ammunition Confusion: What Are California Hunters To Do?


Hunters in California wanting to use their firearms to hunt deer, bear, and many other animals must use legal copper ammunition. With government officials doing a song and dance with our ammunition regulations and laws, purchasing hunting ammunition has become increasingly difficult and many companies simply do not want to deal with California at all. (IMHO, I believe that is EXACTLY what our CA government wants.) Confusion, ambiguity, harsh restriction, etc. (I am not a lawyer, nor am I so hard-headed that I cannot learn. If you have a better understanding of the regulations and laws, please share.) 

Hunters, like myself, have a big issue with this whole fiasco. In order to find hunting ammunition for your rifles you have to review the approved ammunition list. Then you must see if a local business with an FFL-01 of FFL-07 carries it, and if not see how you can get it through them. Why? Not all of the local companies want to carry all legal hunting ammunition for all calibers. That would involve carrying more inventory which takes up more shelf space and it doesn't move as quickly as target ammo.

According to the CA DOJ FFL regulations and the CA Penal Code, I can order ammunition and have it shipped to my FFL-03. You can read the entire section of code by clicking the link below.

CA Penal Code 30312 section 6:

PENAL CODE - PEN
PART 6. CONTROL OF DEADLY WEAPONS [16000 - 34370]
  ( Part 6 added by Stats. 2010, Ch. 711, Sec. 6. )
  
TITLE 4. FIREARMS [23500 - 34370]
  ( Title 4 added by Stats. 2010, Ch. 711, Sec. 6. )
  
DIVISION 10. SPECIAL RULES RELATING TO PARTICULAR TYPES OF FIREARMS OR FIREARM EQUIPMENT [30210 - 33690]
  ( Division 10 added by Stats. 2010, Ch. 711, Sec. 6. )
  
CHAPTER 1. Ammunition [30210 - 30395]
  ( Chapter 1 added by Stats. 2010, Ch. 711, Sec. 6. )

ARTICLE 2. Other Restrictions Relating to Ammunition [30300 - 30340]
  ( Article 2 added by Stats. 2010, Ch. 711, Sec. 6. )

(c) Subdivisions (a) and (b) shall not apply to the sale, delivery, or transfer of ammunition to any of the following:
(6) A person who is licensed as a collector of firearms pursuant to Chapter 44 (commencing with Section 921) of Title 18 of the United States Code and the regulations issued pursuant thereto, whose licensed premises are within this state, and who has a current certificate of eligibility issued by the Department of Justice pursuant to Section 26710.

My FFL-03 (which is what the above is referencing) has his license and all paperwork up-to-date and in order in the state of California. Technically, he is able to order and accept ammunition. Even still, I cannot find a single manufacturer who is willing to do that. As a hunter, I have contacted companies asking about purchasing ammunition and having it shipped to my authorized FFL. One such company, MidwayUSA, refuses to send purchased ammunition unless my name and the FFL name matches. Originally, I was asked to send my FFL info or my order would be delayed. I scanned and sent MidwayUSA the documentation and this was the correspondence that followed. I am sharing my correspondence with their customer service staff as they refuse the CA Penal Code and CA DOJ rules and regulations. 
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Dear Albert,

Thank you for sending us a copy of the FFL-03. I apologize, but we are not able to accept this FFL, as the FFL must be in your name and must be either an 01 or 07. You may have the FFL Holder create an account with their FFL and place the order for you. The order will only ship to the FFL Holders address.

Please send us your FFL-01, FFL-07 or your Ammunition Vendor License so we may release your order. If we have not received this information within 48 hours, we will cancel your order. I apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused you.

If you have any additional questions or comments, please feel free to contact us at 1-800-243-3220. Our hours of operation are Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. CST. You may also email us at customerservice@midwayusa.com.
  
Thanks for Your Business!

John 
Customer Support Representative 3 | NRA Life Member
5875 West Van Horn Tavern Rd. | Columbia, MO 65203
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Good afternoon,

Thank you for the email. To purchase online, CA DOJ requires ammunition to be shipped to an FFL. There is no specific requirement that it go to an FFL-01 or FFL-07. Simply a valid FFL. It also doesn't say that the FFL must be in my name. I am the person making the purchase and having it shipped directly to my FFL. 

Why is Midway USA unwilling to honor a valid FFL with paperwork up to date and validated by the CA DOJ?

Sincerely,
Al Quackenbush
The SoCal Bowhunter
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Dear Albert,

Thank you for your email regarding FFL's. I apologize for any confusion or inconvenience. It is MidwayUSA's policy to only accept and ship to an FFL-01, or FFL-07 holder. 

Please send us your FFL-01, FFL-07 or your Ammunition Vendor License so we may release your order. If we have not received this information within 48 hours, we will cancel your order. I apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused you.

If you have any additional questions or comments, please feel free to contact us at 1-800-243-3220. Our hours of operation are Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. CST. You may also email us at customerservice@midwayusa.com.

Thanks for Your Business!

Rebecca
MidwayUSA Customer Service
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I then responded with my FFL-07, per their request…

Hello, 

My FFL-07 is [FFL Name left out as not to drag them into a public discussion]. 

Lic. # X-XX-XXX-XX-XX-XXXX

[FFL Address has been removed, but was included in the email]

Can I have my order shipped to them?

Sincerely,
Al Quackenbush
The SoCal Bowhunter
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Dear Albert,

Thank you for the email concerning shipping.  I apologize that only the actual 01 FFL holder can purchase ammunition from us as we are not able to do FFL transfers as you're suggesting.  I apologize for the inconvenience this causes you.

If you have any additional questions or comments, please feel free to contact us at 1-800-243-3220. Our hours of operation are Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. CST. You may also email us at customerservice@midwayusa.com.

Thanks for Your Business!

Larry G.
MidwayUSA Customer Service
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What are we legal firearm owners to do? I followed the regulations and laws. I sent them the proper documentation. I reached out multiple times and was shot down (pun intended). I understand the companies have lawyers telling them one thing and then policies are changed. That doesn't change the fact that it's wrong.

Even reloading components are being held back by companies. Barnes and Nosler will not ship bullets to me at my home, but they will ship to an FFL-03. CA regulations allow components to be delivered, but companies don’t want the hassle. My best guess is these companies simply do not want to be scrutinized or sued by the state of California and honestly, I can appreciate the frustration. 

My suggestion for my fellow firearms enthusiasts, hunters, and reloaders is to start purchasing your ammunition now, while you can. If you reload, start ordering components and get a good supply going because the regulations are constantly changing. If things keep going the way they are, we may not be able to get components to reload either. There are people and organizations out there who want to end hunting, firearm ownership, and our constitutional right to own a firearm. Think hard and let that sink in. It’s on our doorstep and we need to fight.

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

2018 California Big Game Hunting Digest


My copy of the 2018 California Big Game Hunting Digest arrived in my mailbox yesterday. Now is the time to start reviewing the changes, zone data, and make plans on where and how you will hunt for big game this year. There are bound to be many questions, so I encourage you to contact the biologists and ask those questions. If there is something I can help with, please ask. Sometimes navigating the regulations can be frustrating. Even I get that way sometimes and I have come to the realization that asking questions and making plans early helps. 

Here are some changes that really jump out (direct from the CA DFW website) in regards to deer hunting:
Deer Tag Classification Changes
For the 2018 deer hunting season, the following deer tags have changed classifications. Please refer to the 2018 Deer Hunts for more information.
From Restricted to Premium deer tags:
A22 – tag quota filled on 6/15/17
From Unrestricted deer tags to Premium deer tags:
A18 – tag quota filled on 6/14/17
A19 – tag quota filled on 6/20/17
From Premium deer tag to Restricted deer tag:
D6 – tag quota filled on 7/5/17
From Unrestricted deer tags to Restricted deer tags:
B – tag quota filled on 7/17/17
D14 – tag quota filled on 7/13/17
A32 – tag quota filled on 7/17/17

I knew D14 would change this year due to it selling out even before I had the chance to get mine last year. With that said, I am going to review this release in detail and I have a feeling I will be making some changes to the areas I hunt this year. How about you? What are your plans? I'd love to get your feedback and hear your thoughts.

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

The SoCal Bowhunter Review on #PROJECTELK

Last night, after dinner and with a cup of coffee, I went outside with my laptop and watched #PROJECTELK. I had been meaning to watch it for a while and then it slipped out of memory. As I was checking my email, I received a message from the RMEF saying that #PROJECTELK was now available FREE with your Amazon Prime subscription through Amazon Video. I jumped at the opportunity and watched it in full. I decided I would write up a short review for all of you...


Go watch it! That's my review. I'm not going to tell you all about it or give you a review. Seriously, you need to do that for yourselves. Take an hour and sit down and watch it. Soak it all up and let me know what you take away from it. You will not be disappointed.

Friday, March 23, 2018

Press Release from Vortex: All-new Viper® HD Binoculars



 
NEW Viper HD Binoculars
If seeing is believing, you're about to believe. The all-new Viper® HD Binoculars are an optic masterpiece, giving hunters, shooters and outdoor enthusiasts a premium option without the premium price tag.

The new short-hinge design makes for a great grip on your binos, while the size and weight make this one of the lightest full-size binos on the market -
A noteworthy attribute when gear consideration can be measured in grams.

Now included with every Viper HD, the GlassPak™ chest harness keeps your binos at the ready, while providing comfortable, protected, strain-free,
all-day carry.

The only two things that haven't changed with these all-new Viper HD Binoculars are the price, and the fact that they are 100% covered by Vortex's legendary, lifetime, unconditional, no-fault, transferable, VIP Warranty.

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Finding Your Point Blank Range from HHA Sports

As a bowhunter, what is your point blank range? Not sure what I mean? Watch this very educational, and easy to follow, video from Scott Bakken at HHA Sports. I can't wait to try this!