If they say it is the law, then they can provide the Code Section.
The sales tax is pretty clear, although it is not right.
It is not really a matter of if the other FFL ships the firearm, it is whether they are selling it or involved in the sale. If it comes from a private party within CA and it is an occasional sale and the FFL is not involved in the sale, then it is exempt from sales tax. If it comes from out of state, then with the exception of a C&R handgun going to a C&R FFL holder, it is subject to sales tax.
Part of the problem is that while the law did not change, the view of the CA BOE did. Another part is that some FFLs did not know what the law was before, or even now.
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