During the 2017 California legislative session, nearly two dozen gun-related bills were introduced for consideration. Although many of these bills didn’t pass, several of them were signed into law and will take effect on January 1, 2018.
The Fifth Edition of California Gun Laws also covers the important new gun laws taking effect on January 1, 2018, including:
- The Ban on the Carry of Long Guns in Certain Previously-Allowed Areas: Assembly Bill 7 extends the restriction on carrying long guns so that it now also applies to a public place or a public street in a prohibited area of a county’s unincorporated area.
- The Omnibus Public Safety Bill: Assembly Bill 103, among other things, extends the new “assault weapon” registration deadline from December 31, 2017 to June 30, 2018, and it extends the restriction on firearm possession to those with just an outstanding warrant for felonies and certain misdemeanor violations.
- Modification to the Ban on Possession in School Zones: Assembly Bill 424 removes the ability of school officials to authorize a person to possess a firearm on school grounds and, thus, eliminates that exemption to the gun-free school zone restriction.
- New Exemptions for Law Enforcement Cadets: Assembly Bill 693 exempts certain law enforcement cadets from the requirement that firearm loans be conducted through or by a dealer, exempts certain law enforcement cadets from many of the prohibitions on “large-capacity magazines,” and exempts certain law enforcement cadets and instructors from the new ammunition purchasing requirements.
- Possession by Those Convicted of Misdemeanors for Interfering with Civil Rights: AB 785 imposes a 10-year firearm prohibition against any person convicted of certain misdemeanors involving the interference or disturbance of another person’s exercise of civil rights.
- Firearm Storage in Unattended Vehicles: Senate Bill 497 defines “trunk” and “plain view” for purposes of leaving handguns in an unattended vehicle and allows peace officers, in certain circumstances, to lock a handgun out of plain view within the center utility console of an unattended motor vehicle not equipped with a trunk.
- Facilitation of Firearm Research: Senate Bill 536 requires DOJ to provide information about gun violence restraining orders–including information identifying specific individuals–to the University of California’s Firearm Violence Research Center, and it allows DOJ to cherry-pick which other groups studying the prevention of violence will get that data.
The Fifth Edition also explains DOJ’s new “assault weapon” regulations, which DOJ implemented in July 2017. These regulations govern the registration of “bullet-button assault weapons,” change the definition of “assault weapons” from what the Legislature had drafted in 2016, and define firearm terms both relating and unrelated to “assault weapons.” The Fifth Edition clarifies all these regulations and guides you through the new process for “assault weapon” registration.
In addition, the Fifth Edition has entirely new sections that discuss the legality of gun trusts and “bump stocks.” And the Fifth 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 firearms laws do not change mid-year, we are aware that, to some degree, California and federal firearm laws change occasionally in between the publications of this book.
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. In addition, updates on firearms law can be found at www.crpa.org.
Also, please subscribe to our eBULLETins to receive updates about the effect of legislation that is proposed or enacted, and to read the Author’s weekly CalGunLaws blog.
In the event of significant changes in the law, new editions of the book will be published as necessary and appropriate.