If you are a firearm owner, one or more of California’s 6 new firearm bills signed into law by Gov. Brown will likely affect you. There is a lot of buzz on the internet about what is and is not in the bills so let’s clear away some of the digital clutter. At the outset, I should advise that I am not a lawyer, so for your consideration and research, a link to the bills have been provided. Along with my take on how it will impact honest, law-abiding CA citizens do your research and make sure you have a firm grasp on what these bills mean.
Keep in mind that semi-auto rifles that don’t currently take a bullet button, and are without 3 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” (for now) 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 will be law as of January 1, 2017 and is a new restriction regarding the lending of firearms. It would prohibit that practice except between family members (encompassing grandparent to grandchild) or registered domestic partners. The “borrower” is required to have a State Firearms Safety Certificate and the loan can’t exceed a 30 day period. Swap your gun with a buddy while at the range? Instant criminal. That 10 day waiting period will be an issue for anyone who is subject to the threat of imminent domestic violence and can no longer borrow a firearm for self-protection.
6. Assembly Bill 1695 deals with the reporting of stolen firearms and it too 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.
Those are the 6 that passed. It could have been worse; here are another 5 that didn’t make the grade this time, but rest assured this is not the last we have seen of them.
- Assembly Bill 1674: Firearms: transfers- Would have limited rifle purchases to no more than 1 per month, much like a similar law on the books for handgun purchases.
- Assembly Bill 1673: Firearms: unfinished frame or receiver- Would have defined the “body” of a firearm as being a firearm, and thus would have required all the mandatory layers of documentation for a firearm purchase to apply to unfinished receiver.
- Assembly Bill 2607: Firearm restraining orders- Would have included co-workers to the list of those who can request restraining orders to prevent ownership of a firearm.
- Senate Bill 894: Firearms: lost or stolen: reports- Would have required firearm owners to report a lost or stolen firearm to local law enforcement within 5 days of the loss.
- Assembly Bill 1176: Theft: firearms- Would have required voter approval on the November 8th ballot to make theft of a firearm a felony, and the purchase of a stolen firearm could be charged either as a misdemeanor or a felony.
If I missed something regarding the 6 new laws, please post a comment below. If you’re okay with the State modifying your constitutionally protected 2nd Amendment Rights every passing year, just sit back and let it happen. If not, the two strongest tools at your disposal are membership in the National Rifle Association and the California Rifle and Pistol Association. These two entities exist to protect YOUR rights, but they don’t operate in a vacuum. Get involved!
Range Master, Aegis Academy