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If you are a firearm owner, one or more of California’s 6 new firearm laws will likely affect you. The following is just my understanding of the six bills signed into law. Be advise that I am not a lawyer, and I'm not giving legal advice, so do your own research. Links to the bills have been provided.
1. Senate Bill 1235, (SB 1235 ONLY takes effect if the “Safety for All” ballot measure isn’t passed by voters in the November elections. Lets hope it doesn't pass). Ammunition licensing and limits. Ammunition sales will only be made “face-to-face” through a State Licensed Ammunition Seller. Individuals buying ammunition will be required to complete a background check and must purchase a CA State license. Fee not to exceed $50. Each transaction will be entered into a State database and maintained by the DOJ for 2 years. Buying ammunition online will require having it shipped to a State Licensed Ammunition Seller. The maximum the Licensed Ammunition Seller can charge for the online ammo transfer is $10. Restricts sales between immediate family members, spouses and registered domestic partners to 50 rounds per month. Really? When I purchase ammo, it is for the entire household. Oh, there is another clause about not selling more than 100 rounds to one vendor in one month or cumulatively sells no more than 250 rounds per year.
2. Senate Bill 1446
Banning possession of magazine that can hold over 10 rounds. Beginning July 1,2017, it will be illegal to possess any magazine capable of holding more than 10 rounds, an infraction with an initial fine of $100 that will then increase for each subsequent infractions; 2nd offense $250; 3rd and subsequent offenses $500. Disposing of magazines with a capacity over 10 round, (1) remove it from the state, (2) sell/give it to a licensed firearms dealer, (3) destroy the magazine, (4) surrender it to law enforcement for destruction. The exceptions will be armored car guards and retired law enforcement officers or persons with a special weapons permit.
3. Senate Bill 880
Magazine locking device (bullet button ban), will become law as of January 1, 2017. In the attempt to ban the Bullet button, magazine releases requiring a tool to operate, by expanding the definition of an “assault weapon” to mean a semiautomatic center-fire rifle, or a semiautomatic pistol that does not have a fixed magazine but has any one
of those specified attributes. (specified attributes are listed in SB880, Section 1 30515(a)
) The bill would also define “fixed magazine” to mean an ammunition feeding device contained in, or permanently attached to, a firearm in such a manner that the device cannot be removed without disassembly of the firearm action.
4. Assembly Bill 1135
will ban “assault weapons” and will become law January 1, 2017 and is a virtual clone to SB 880. Although rifles with bullet buttons will be added to the “assault weapon” category, they can continue to be legally purchased until December 31, 2016 (remember the 10 day wait). They will require “assault weapon” registration prior to January 1, 2018, or must be turned it to law enforcement for destruction, or removed from the State. The only good thing about registering, is once registered as an “assault weapon”, a conventional magazine release button can be installed. The down side is once a rifle has been documented as an “assault weapon”, it can’t be passed on to your children in CA, or be legally transferred to anyone in the State.
Keep in mind that semi-auto rifles that don’t currently take a bullet button, are featureless (without 1 or more) of the State’s definition of offending “features” (conspicuously protruding pistol grip, flash suppressor, collapsible butt stock, etc.) are still legal, including the M1 Carbine, M1A, Ruger Mini 14 and other like rifles. These type rifles won’t be considered “assault weapons” and will continue to be commercially available. Stripped lower AR or AK receivers don’t require registration, but if they aren’t registered, they can’t legally be assembled into a rifle, either.
5. Assembly Bill 1511 This bill is to modify PC 27880 (Owner not present) As of January 1, 2017 a new restriction on the lending of firearms. It would prohibit that practice except between family members including adopted or step relation (spouse, registered domestic partner, parent, child, sibling, grandparent). The “borrower” is required to have a State Firearms Safety Certificate and the loan can’t exceed a 30 day period. I far as I can tell, this doesn't modify PC 27885 (Owner present)
6. Assembly Bill 1695 Making a false stolen firearm report. Will become law as of January 1, 2017. This law will make it a misdemeanor to falsely report a firearm stolen and bans anyone guilty of false reporting from purchasing a firearm for 10 years.
If I missed something regarding the 6 new laws, please let me know. Get involved and let your law makers here your voice. Join the CRPA, Firearms Policy Coalition, Gun Owners of America and the NRA.