CA Mayor: I Drive 280 Miles Round-Trip for Ammo Thanks to State’s Gun Laws

PETALUMA, CA - APRIL 02: A box of 9mm bullets and .223 rifle ammuntion sit on the counter at Sportsmans Arms on April 2, 2013 in Petaluma, California. In the wake of the Newtown, Connecticut school massacare, California State lawmakers are introducing several bills that propose taxing and regulating sales …
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Needles, California, Mayor Jeff Williams says the gun laws of his state require him to drive 280 miles round-trip in order to get ammunition to hunt quail or target shoot.

On July 3, 2019, Breitbart News reported Needles’ city council approving a “Second Amendment Sanctuary City” declaration, whereby city leaders hoped to opt of out specific state gun controls.

One set of controls were the new provisions for ammunition purchases, which make it illegal to buy bullets or shotgun shells from anyone other than a state-approved, California ammunition dealer.

On August 20, 2019, Mayor Williams told Tucker Carlson the ammunition controls mean he is prohibited from driving 15 miles into Arizona to get ammo. Rather, he has to drive a 280 mile round-trip within his own state to shotgun shells to quail hunt.

Williams said, “I have to drive 280 miles round-trip to Barstow or 200 miles to Blythe to buy ammunition to go quail hunting or…target shooting. I have 12 guns ships within 15 miles of me into Arizona.”

Williams made clear Needles is seeking to be excluded from the state’s ammunition controls and is also asking the state to allow the city to recognize concealed carry permits from Arizona and Nevada, so as to increase commerce with residents from those states.

AWR Hawkins is an award-winning Second Amendment columnist for Breitbart News and the writer/curator of Down Range with AWR Hawkins, a weekly newsletter focused on all things Second Amendment, also for Breitbart News. He is the political analyst for Armed American Radio. Follow him on Twitter: @AWRHawkins. Reach him directly at Sign up to get Down Range at


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