During the 2016 California legislative session nearly two dozen gun-related bills were introduced for consideration. Although many of these bills failed, several of them were signed into law and will took effect on January 1, 2017.
The Fourth Edition of California Gun Laws also covers the important new gun laws that took effect on January 1, 2017, including:
- The “Bullet Button Ban:” Assembly Bill 1135 & Senate Bill 880 change the definition of an “assault weapon” to include semi-automatic centerfire, rifles and semi-automatic pistols that do not have fixed magazines and one or more prohibited feature.
- The “Ghost Gun” Bill: Assembly Bill 857 requires anyone who manufactures or assembles a homemade firearm after July 1, 2018 to obtain a unique serial number or identification mark. Anyone who is in possession of a firearm after July 1, 2018 without a serial number must petition the California Department of Justice for a serial number and engrave it onto the firearm by January 1, 2019.
- The Ammunition Purchase Bill: AB 1235 requires the California Department of Justice to record ammunition vendor and ammunition purchaser information.
- The Lending Bill: AB 1511 amends the exemption that allows gun owners to “infrequently” loan a firearm to a person that they “personally know” without going through a licensed firearms dealer, and limits the exemption to infrequent loans to spouses and registered domestic partners, parents, children, siblings, grandparents, and grandchildren, whether related by blood, adoption, or step-relation. This bill also requires a handgun loaned under this exemption to be registered.
- False Reports of Stolen/Lost Firearms: AB 1695 Makes it a crime to falsely report to a law enforcement officer that a firearm has been lost or stolen. Those convicted of this crime are prohibited from owning and possessing firearms for ten-years.
- Restrictions on “Large-Capacity Magazines”: SB 1446 makes it an infraction to possess a “large-capacity magazine” in California . . .
The Fourth Edition also contains a number of technical revisions, case updates, and expanded explanations of the laws. So the book will keep you up-to-date about all of the newest changes in, and interpretations of, the law.
Watch For Future Legal Updates
While the vast majority of information in this book is timely and is currently applicable, and although the majority of California’s firearms laws do not change year to year, we are aware that to some degree California firearms law changes annually, and that federal firearms law changes occasionally.
To address these changes, and to cover other more specialized firearms law topics that are not covered in the book due to narrow public interest and space limitations, the author makes legal updates and supplemental legal memorandum available to address forthcoming or applicable changes in the law.
The legal memos periodically posted on the links page here address all the changes in the law that have taken or will place after the publication date.
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In the event of significant changes in the law, new editions of the book will be published as necessary and appropriate.