BREAKING: Kamala Harris’ DOJ issues heavy-handed new “Assault Weapon” Sales/Transfer FAQs for Dealers
The California Department of Justice has yet to issue new regulations regarding their intended implementation and enforcement of the new “Assault Weapons” ban and registration passed earlier this year in AB 1135 and SB 880.
But that hasn’t stopped them from throwing their weight around with law-abiding, licensed gun dealers and buyers, issuing a heavy-handed new bulletin and FAQs for dealers who are selling or transferring firearms equipped with a “Bullet Button” or other magazine-locking device.
For example, the DOJ bulletin states:
What happens if a dealer doesn’t acquire a Dangerous Weapons Permit by January 1, 2017, and they still have firearms that are affected by SB 880/AB 1135 in their inventory?
Pursuant to Penal Code Section 30600 a regular firearms dealer is not authorized to manufacture, distribute, transport, or import into the state, keep for sale, or offer or expose for sale or give or lend any bullet button assault weapons after January 1, 2017…
The DOJ bulletin even threatens legal action for any kind of non-compliance (emphasis added):
Please note: it is the dealership’s responsibility to ensure they are not in violation of any assault weapon laws. If you do not have a Dangerous Weapons Permit and are in possession of firearms that are affected by SB 880/AB 1135 after January 1, 2017, you will be prosecuted.
The Bulletin also severely affects prospective gun owners, making it important that anyone interested in selling, buying, or transferring a firearm subject to the new laws pay close and careful attention to the timing and risks involved:
What if an individual initiates a DROS on a firearm that is affected by SB 880/AB 1135 on or before December 21, 2016, but the background check is delayed and determination is not provided by the Department of Justice by December 31, 2016?
The dealer will NOT be able to deliver the firearm after December 31, 2016, regardless of the circumstances.
What if an individual initiates the DROS process on a firearm that is affected by SB 880/AB 1135 through a dealer sale or private party transfer before January 1, 2017, but the 10‐day waiting period doesn’t end until after January 1, 2017, can they still pick up the firearm?
NO. After January 1, 2017, the firearm affected by SB 880/AB 1135 will be considered an assault weapon and cannot be delivered ‐‐ regardless of the date the DROS was initiated.
What if the DROS Entry System is unavailable on December 31, 2016, how can firearms be delivered?
The Department does not anticipate having any issues with the DROS Entry system. The delivery of firearms can ONLY and MUST be delivered within the DROS Entry System.
This will almost certainly mean that gun dealers will need to impose very strict sales and transfer deadlines for the DROS and sale of firearms subject to the new laws – like AR and AK-type rifles with “Bullet Buttons” – to ensure they are not in violation of DOJ’s newly issued policies at any time. Otherwise, as DOJ stated in their Bulletin, they “will be prosecuted.”
And if this bulletin indicates how Attorney General Kamala Harris will treat gun dealers and gun owners when she issues her formal regulations for the new “Assault Weapon” and ammunition restrictions, we are going to be in for a bumpy ride.
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