At this time, SoCal Armory only sells ammunition and firearms accessories. We do not sell firearms or process private party transfers (PPT). We do, however, provide Firearm Safety Certificates for the purchase of a firearm. Please contact us to schedule an appointment.
Unfortunately, CA has some of the most restrictive laws in the country regarding the purchase of ammunition. CA customers are prohibited from purchasing ammunition online and have it shipped directly to them. You may, however, purchase ammunition online and ship to a licensed ammunition vendor such as SoCal Armory to complete your online transaction. Please contact us for additional details on how to complete an online purchase. For all other states, please check your state/local laws prior to making any purchases from us.
You will first need a valid CA ID and provide your current address. If your ID says “Federal Limits Apply” please see question regarding this topic below. You will then be required to complete a background check. For customers with at least one firearm record in the CA DOJ Automated Firearm System (AFS) that matches your current info (current name and address) you may complete a Standard Check. See below for more info regarding Standard Checks. All others will require a Basic Check. See below for more info regarding Basic Checks.
No, you cannot buy ammunition in CA if you are not a resident with one exception . You may only purchase ammunition at a firearm range with the specific intent of using it at the range where it was purchased.
If you purchased a long gun after 2014, you may be eligible for a Standard Check if the info you used during your purchase is still current. The same would apply for any handgun purchased after 1990, if the info you used during your handgun purchase is still current. If your current info does not match, you may update a firearm record in AFS prior to completing a background check to qualify for a Standard Check by clicking here.
A $1 per transaction fee applies to all Standard Checks and the process is nearly instant. On average it takes approximately 2 minutes to complete.
A Basic Check is conducted when you do not have a current Certificate of Eligibility, a recent qualifying firearm purchase (long gun purchase after 2014 or handgun purchase after 1990) with info in AFS that matches your current info, or you simply have no record in AFS. CA DOJ will conduct a comprehensive review of their records similar to a firearm eligibility check. A $19 per transaction fee applies to all Basic Checks and may take several days to complete. Once you start the process, SoCal Armory will provide you with an Ammunition Transaction Number (also known as a DROS number), which you will need to check the status of your eligibility through the CA DOJ website. Once you have been approved you may return to SoCal Armory and complete your purchase.
No, you may update your firearm record in AFS and become eligible for a Standard Check prior to beginning the background check process.
You will need to bring another form of ID such as a current Passport or Passport Card, Certified Birth Certificate, current Permanent Resident Card, current Foreign Passport with Valid US Immigrant Visa/I-94 document, Certificate of Naturalization or US Citizenship, Certificate of Birth of an American Citizen Abroad, or Certified Copy of Birth from a US Territory. If your name printed on any of the documents above differs from the name printed on your CA ID you will also need to provide one of the following documents: an adoption document that contains the legal name of the applicant as a result of the adoption; a name change document that contains the applicant’s legal name both before and, as a result of, the name change; a marriage certificate; a dissolution of marriage document that contains the legal name of the applicant as a result of the court action; a certificate, declaration or registration document verifying the formation fo a domestic partnership; or a dissolution of domestic partnership document that contains the legal name of the applicant as a result of the court action.