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Ammunition sales are spiking across California, all because of a new law, a law that isn’t scheduled to take effect until January of next year. The law will restrict out-of-state purchases of ammo along with instituting background checks.

At Poway Weapons and Gear Range, they say the California legislature and Governor Jerry Brown have done more for gun and ammo sales than any advertising could.

“In the last quarter, we saw 33% (rise) in our ammunition sales and that’s projected to go up,” said Monique Hawk of Poway Weapons and Gear Range.

That’s just for the last quarter of 2016, but remember, the new ammo law won’t take effect until January 1st of next year. As it stands now, anyone 18 or older (21 or older for handguns) can buy bullets without a background check and sellers don’t need a license. But beginning next year, all ammo in California must be purchased either in person through a vendor licensed by the Department of Justice, or if bought online, must be shipped to a licensed dealer. Plus, anyone buying ammo will have to undergo a background check. Gun owners we talked to scoff at having to do an additional background check after they’ve already undergone one to buy a gun.

“It’s kind of a double harassment for people that already have a licensed weapon that now they have to get basically a background check to get ammunition as well. It’s already been done for the weapon,” said customer Chris Hochele. Hochele also said he’s one of those gun owners who’s stocking up now. “Just because of the hassle and it’s gonna increase the price,” he said.

Obviously, the new law is meant to keep ammo out of the hands of people who shouldn’t have it. But Monique Hawk cited a familiar refrain when it comes to how much good such laws will do.

“The people who should not have firearms or ammunition are still going to obtain it in some illegal manner. Our main objective is to make sure that people can confidently and safely handle a firearm to protect themselves,” Hawk said.

There are also new laws governing guns and assault weapons that go into effect later this year, next year and the year after. Hawk said those laws have caused their gun sales to spike 50% over the last quarter of 2016.

 

 

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SAN DIEGO – Over the last few years, the state of California has suffered from a historic drought that has killed grass and plants and dried up many of our lakes and reservoirs.

But there is some good news, with more heavy rain in the forecast; the drought emergency could soon be over.

For the first time since 2011, the U.S. Drought Monitor has erased drought from all areas north of interstate 80 that means the drought is on its way out but we’re not in the clear just yet.

Three years ago, Governor Jerry Brown declared California in a state of emergency as we faced water shortfalls in what was the driest year on record.  But things have been slowly improving.

“It’s been kind of like a big block of ice that we’ve been pecking at it,” said Alex Tardy, Manager, Warning Coordination Meteorologist National Weather Service.

Meteorologists with the National Weather Service say if California continues having an active storm pattern that would end the drought.  But it will take years of at least average rainfall to completely end California’s drought.

“We got a ways to go, but this is going to help us tremendously.  It won’t put us over the top where we can say the drought is over in southern California, but it will put us at a level where we see significant improvement in the drought,” said Tardy.

This month’s strong winter storms have been refilling important reservoirs but won’t have an impact on our water bills.

“Water agencies typically set their water rates once a year and they are not necessarily driven by rainfall. Down here if we have rainfall it doesn’t necessarily impact the amount of water we have locally to sell, we get it mostly from northern California or the Colorado River so even if we have rain it’s difficult to say what the impact of our water rates would be,” said Jeff Stephenson, Principal Water Resources Specialist for the San Diego County Water Authority.

Drought conditions around the state have improved.  But officials are keeping their fingers crossed for more.

“We never have as much as we would like, we would like to capture as much rainfall as we can as much water as we can to get through the summer months so continue to snow in the sierra’s would be great and then that water would be used in the summertime when the rain and snow stops and that’s no slowly melts and then the residence can use that and we will have that water in San Diego,” said Stephenson.

The San Diego County Water Authority recommends we still practice water conservation year round.

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(San Diego) With Congress already working to take federal funding away from Planned Parenthood, a lot of women are worried about how they’ll get birth control and other services. The threat also has patients rushing to Planned Parenthood offices for care before the new administration takes office.

Planned Parenthood health centers are experiencing an increase in women seeking long-term, reversible birth control. The centers medical director says the surge started right after the election.

“This year alone we’ve put in 14,000 IUD’s and implants,” says Dr. Sierra Washington, Medical Director Planned Parenthood of the Pacific Southwest.

Doctor Sierra Washington says the vast majority of women who are coming into the health centers are underinsured. She adds that many might not have healthcare coverage at all.

“We offer various different options, payment plans, a sliding scale, and charity care,” adds Dr. Washington, “As well as a pay now, pay later for patients that come to us without any other options.”

At the Pacific Southwest Division of Planned Parenthood, which serves San Diego, most funding comes from the state, patients private insurance and donations. However, it does rely on federal funds.

“I do think we’re entering a very tough time but I would remind you that Planned Parenthood is not new to tough times. We’ve been around for a hundred years,” says Dr. Washington.

Dr. Washington says Planned Parenthood is one of California’s largest providers of contraception, testing for sexually transmitted infections, cancer screenings and abortions. So, there is a lot of commitment at the state level to continue services no matter what happens in Washington.

“The reality is the federally qualified health care centers and other primary care facilities, they’re not in a position to take all the patients that will be flooding through their doors should we have to close,” says Dr. Washington.

The process of getting rid of federal funding still has a long way to go in D.C. Even if the organization does lose its federal money, they promise they’re not going anywhere.

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