There has been a lot of concern regarding some new laws which will be in effect this coming year. Our state of California has shown unbridled tenacity in it's agenda to demonize not only firearms, but also the law-abiding firearm owner and as a result we have seen increased restrictions on our 2nd Amendment rights in recent years.
Listed below are some upcoming changes that you need to know.
Registering Assault Rifles
After July 1st, 2018 it will be unlawful to possess an “assault weapon” or a .50 caliber BMG rifle unless it is properly registered with the state; meaning you will be required to register your semi-automatic firearm as an "assault weapon" if it meets the criteria determined by the CA Department of Justice (DOJ) by this deadline. This bill was originally developed to close the "bullet button loophole", but included a significant number of additional requirements. According to the DOJ's website, an assault weapon can now be defined as a semi-auto rifle with a folding or telescoping stock, a semi-auto pistol with a second handgrip, or a semi-auto shotgun with a detachable magazine - to name just a few of the many types of firearms now listed as "assault weapons" in CA.
For more information on this law, exemptions, or how to register click here.
Thanks to Proposition 63 (click the link to view the bill in it's entirety) which passed in November of 2016, we have seen a huge crack down on long standing controversial issues, things like making it unlawful in CA to possess (regardless of when you obtained it) a magazine capable of holding more than 10 rounds. Here are a list of the portions of Prop. 63 that become law starting January 1st, 2018:
- California residents are prohibited from purchasing ammunition outside the state and bringing it into the state without first having it delivered to a licensed dealer. It also makes bringing out-of-state ammunition into the state, without first delivering it to a dealer, an infraction. (Pen. § 30314)
- In the state of CA the sale, delivery, or transfer of ownership of ammunition by any party may only occur in a face-to-face transaction with the seller; meaning that online ammo purchases can no longer take place unless an ammunition vendor initially receives the ammunition and processes the transaction in compliance according to the law. (Pen. § 30312)
- If you had some stockpiled ammo you thought of selling to a buddy, a "valid ammunition vendor license shall be required for any person, firm, corporation, or other business enterprise to sell more than 500 rounds of ammunition in any 30-day period". (Pen. § 30342)
- This bill enacted a court process that attempts to ensure prohibited individuals do not continue to have firearms and requires the courts to inform individuals prohibited from owning a firearm that they must turn their firearms over to local law enforcement, sell their firearms to a licensed dealer, or give their firearms to a dealer for storage. Under this new provision firearms can now be seized if the court deems they meet the listed criteria. (Pen. § 29805)(Pen. § 29810)
- Firearms dealers must now require their employees who handle, sell, or deliver firearms to obtain and provide to the dealer a certificate of eligibility (COE). (Pen. § 26915)
Additional laws taking effect in 2018
- After July 1st, you will be required to apply to the DOJ for a serial number if you are building, or "manufacturing", a firearm. No more "ghost guns" in CA! (Pen. § 29180)
- Thanks to AB-7 our ability to carry an unloaded rifle or shotgun in certain areas just got even more restrictions added to it. (Pen. § 26400)
- AB-424 now makes it a crime to carry a firearm (unloaded or otherwise) onto a school campus or within a "school zone" even with the permission of the appropriate school authorities. (Pen. § 626.9)
It can be difficult to stay current with all of the anti-gun legislation that gets passed through Sacramento every year, but as a responsible firearm owner in CA it is critical to learn all you can about how to stay within the law so that, not only are we up-to-date, but we can also help spread awareness and education to other law-abiding 2nd Amendment loving citizens. It is our duty to know what these sometimes deceptive laws contain and, when possible, get out and vote! Education is power.