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XAVIER BECERRA State of California

Attorney General DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE


1300 I STREET, SUITE 125
P.O. BOX 944255
SACRAMENTO, CA 94244-2550
Public: (916) 445-9555
Telephone: (916) 210-6183
E-Mail: PublicRecords@doj.ca.gov

November 12, 2019

Via Email and Mail to:

Matthew T. Hoy
RestrictedArms.com

RE: Records Act Request; DOJ No. 2019-01772

Dear Mr. Hoy:

The time established for the original response to your Public Records Act request received
by the Department of Justice (“Department”) on July 25, 2019 was August 5, 2019. On August 5,
2019, this office extended the date for responding to August 19, 2019. On August 19, 2019, we
informed you that because the laws imposing background checks for ammunition purchases were
only recently instituted, the Department is continuing its internal review on what information is
proper to release in response to Public Records Act requests about ammunition purchases and what
is the best method for doing so. This letter further responds to your request by providing you with
the substantive information presently available. We are responding with data compiled for the
period July 1, 2019 through July 31, 2019.

You are seeking the following information:

“From July 1, 2019 through July 22, 2019:

How many requests to purchase ammunition were made through the AFS match
system? How many were denied?

How many requests to purchase ammunition were made through the Basic
Ammunition Eligibility Check (Single Transaction of Purchase) System? How many
were denied?

How many requests to purchase ammunition were made as part of a firearm


transaction (aka a "Firearms Eligibility Check)? How many were denied?

How many requests to purchase ammunition were made as by verification of a COE


(aka the "COE Verification Process")? How many were denied?”
Matthew T. Hoy
November 12, 2019
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From July 1, 2019 through July 31, 2019, the Department processed 57,553 Standard
Ammunition Eligibility Checks (AFS Match system). The Department denied 14 of these requests
because the purchaser is prohibited from possessing ammunition. The Department rejected 10,837
of these requests because the purchaser’s information did not match with the Automated Firearms
System database.

From July 1, 2019 through July 31, 2019, the Department processed 3,798 Basic
Ammunition Eligibility Checks for ammunition purchases. The Department denied 119 of these
requests because the purchaser is prohibited from possessing ammunition. The Department rejected
22 of these requests for other reasons.

From July 1, 2019 through July 31, 2019, there were 11,148 requests to purchase
ammunition as part of a firearm transaction.

From July 1, 2019 through July 31, 2019, there were 133 denials.

From July 1, 2019 through July 31, 2019, the Department processed 880 requests to
purchase ammunition through the COE verification process. The Department rejected 112 of these
purchases (this number may include denials) either because the information provided did not match
the information in the Department’s database or the Certificate of Eligibility was not current.

Sincerely,

/s/ Public Records Coordinator


Public Records Coordinator

For XAVIER BECERRA


Attorney General