For those of us living in California, a New Year means that new gun laws of some kind will be going into effect. Cheers! Some of the changes going into effect were actually voted into law up to two years ago, giving us all time to update our arsenals to be legal in this state… I guess we can’t say they didn’t warn us. The CA DOJ has kindly posted a bulletin attempting to help navigate the ever-changing laws we need to keep up to date on.
For just a few examples: As of this year, if you are convicted for a misdemeanor domestic violence charge you are forever prohibited from legally owning a firearm in CA(AB 3129). Also, if you are an adult who is not yet 21 years old and you wanted to buy a rifle or shotgun, that is no longer permitted (with some exceptions for military, LE, hunting licenses, and a few others)(SB 1100). Starting in July, if you haven’t already been cleared to purchase ammunition, e.g., through a firearms purchase, then you will need to apply to purchase ammunition (SB 1235).
I encourage you to read through this Information Bulletin posted by the DOJ to familiarize yourself with amended or changing firearms laws for this new year. If you are looking for a complete list of CA firearms laws try this summary posted by the DOJ, or try browsing their page here. Let me know if you have any questions and I will do my best to answer them.