Before I answer that (based on my experience yesterday), I didnt realize that CTD has a mudd rep on this forum. Sorry if it offended anyone, just was the ONLY way I could find to get that product to me at a current market price. I wanted the darn can and stripper clips.Since when does Brownell's not ship to CA? I bought a few cases of 12ga slugs from them back in 2012 and they shipped to my door.
Is this a new policy?
Fear. The lawsuits against Exile and Cope's have scared a lot of online vendors. California legislators are bullies, who will go after anyone. Even for not breaking the law.Before I answer that (based on my experience yesterday), I didnt realize that CTD has a mudd rep on this forum. Sorry if it offended anyone, just was the ONLY way I could find to get that product to me at a current market price. I wanted the darn can and stripper clips.
Hap, I attempted to purchase 1 can of M193 and 1 can of M855. All was good until checkout, at which point it popped up that due to ORM-D and regs (as they interpret it) would not allow shipping. I found 3 guys on Calguns who had the exact issue on this current deal, and a couple of them had called earlier that day for info. They were told it was a recent change within the last month or so. At one point, rep told them they would looked into it, but later someone posted they clarified that Brownells position was CA residents are SOL with them.
I decided to pick up some other rounds while prices are good. I ordered some surplus bulk M855 from another vendor (keeping name out to avoid more panty twisting). That vender specifically listed 4 CA cities as banned (Sacramento, Oakland, SF, and LA) but would ship to other cities. Being in a burb that was not specifically called out I was able to order. But being immediately adjacent, I see the local dealers cashing in on that little fact and holding high prices on ammo. So just fair warning, stock up now as it looks like many folks are re-evaluating their stance on CA.
FWIW on CTD, the last time I purchased from CTD was in 2005 when they were selling the surplus Beretta 96G slide conversions and had no issues with them on some other odds and ends ordered around that time. They have only done right by me with my limited experience with them.
Sorry for the pseudo political undertone, but if you live in a free state, good for you that you have choices. Please dont jump us for having to do what we have to do to preserve our freedoms. Just letting those effected know that the OP's post may not apply to them and offering what seemed a reasonable alternative. Brownells un-necessary anti-CA attitude is 10x worse IMHO than a vendor whose prices you may not like if you do not do your due diligence before ordering.
Also, Brownell's seems to be employing a backdoor minimum purchase requirement by mandating ludicrous shipping rates on small items. Example, a couple months ago I ordered a 4oz bottle of Oxpho and minimum shipping of $16 was placed on a very light and small $9 product that anyone else would ship at half that. Having only had bigger orders thru them, I had to call and they "granted" a one-time waiver at reasonable shipping. While I am glad they did it, I dont see how that makes their overall business model so great. Just saying...