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Update 35 - 10/19/18 - The CA DOJ added documents to the rulemaking file for proposed regulation section 5460 regarding Assault Weapons Definitions. You can view the notice here.
Update 33 - 7/11/18 - The California Department of Justice has withdrawn its latest proposed “assault weapon” regulation after facing opposition and litigation from many gun rights groups, including Firearms Policy Coalition (FPC), Firearms Policy Foundation (FPF), Second Amendment Foundation (SAF), The Calguns Foundation (CGF), and California Association of Federal Firearms Licensees (CAL-FFL). You can read FPC's press statement here.
Update 32 - 6/5/18 - We have received the following regulations from the Office of Administrative Law regarding DOJ's request to review new "Assault Weapon" definitions. You can read them here.
Update 31 - 6/4/18 - The CA DOJ formally submitted a proposed regulation to the Office of Administrative Law regarding the definitions of "assault weapons."
Update 30 - 1/5/18 - FPC has submitted written opposition regarding proposed 11 CCR § 5460 which you can view here.
Update 29 - 11/30/17 - NEW LAWSUIT FILED! Today, FPC joined 4 law-abiding gun owners as well as FPF, CGF, and SAF in a new lawsuit and petition for writ of mandate challenging more than a dozen of the DOJ's "bullet-button assault weapon" regulations. Read the news release here, or click here for the case page with links to the court filings.
Update 28 - 11/22/17 - The California Department of Justice has just released new regulations on "Assault Weapon" definitions, which you can read here.
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Update 27 - 8/4/17 - After being up and active for less than a day, it appears the registration site is already down.
Update 26 - 8/3/2017 - CA DOJ has activated the online " Assault Weapon" registration system. You can visit it here.
Update 24 - 8/1/17 - Third time's the charm for CA DOJ as they have had their third set of the same "Bullet Button/Assault Weapon" regulations finally approved by the Office of Administrative Law. Yes, this is the very same agency that rejected these same exact regulations last time. More info to follow.
Update 23 - 7/21/17 - OAL has released a full copy of the regulations. You can view the full set, including cover letter and associated documents here.
Update 22- 7/21/17 - FPC has acquired a copy of the "new" regulations... And, except for some date changes, they are exactly identical to the last set of regulations that were denied by the Office of Administrative Law. You can view these "new" regulations that DOJ was trying to hide (again) here.
Update 21 - 7/21/17 - All of the code sections adopted, amended, or repealed in this new set of regulations are the same exact ones that appeared in the previously denied set of regulations.
Update 20 - 7/21/17 - DOJ has just submitted new regulations to the Office of Administrative Law relating to "Assault Weapons/Bullet Buttons." Our Regulatory Watch team is currently trying to acquire a copy of the once-again "hidden" regulations. We will update you ASAP when we find something. Keep hitting refresh for more updates!
Update 19 - 6/27/17 - You can read our five quick takes on DOJ's regulations being denied here.
Update 18 - 6/27/17 - Governor Brown has just signed AB 103, which extends the "Assault Weapon" registration deadline from January 1, 2018 to July 1, 2018.
Update 17 - 6/26/17 - BREAKING: The Office of Administrative Law has DENIED DOJ's Bullet Button Assault Weapons Regulations. Although this is a victory, we need to be prepared for more anti-gun regulations from DOJ. Please help us fund this fight!
Update 16 - 6/21/17 - FPC has sent in a letter of opposition on DOJ's proposed regulations and the "file and print" process. You can read it here.
Update 15 - 6/1/17 - As of today, DOJ Bureau of Firearm's website is showing the following message:
Update 14 - 5/18/17 - FPC has obtained the new regulations which you can view HERE.
Update 13 - 5/18/17 - FPC attorney Jason Davis sent this demand letter to DOJ and OAL.
Update 12 - 5/16/17 - FPC and Firearms Policy Foundation have requested the proposed regulations through contact with both the Office of Administrative Law and the Department of Justice, as well as by submitting a Public Records Act request.
Update 11 - 5/15/17 - The Office of Administrative Law has received proposed "Bullet Button/Assault Weapon" regulations from the Department of Justice. There is no publicly available copy as of yet. FPC will update you as soon as we get a copy.
Update 10 - 4/6/17 - DOJ Bureau of Firearms currently has this updated notice highlighted on their website: UPDATE AS OF April 6, 2017: The ability to register an Assault Weapon pursuant to Assembly Bill 1135 and Senate Bill 880, is not yet available. Pursuant to AB 1135 and SB 880, Assault Weapon registration regulations must be effective before any registrations can take place. At this time, the regulations are still pending, however they should be effective in the very near future. Please continue to check the Bureau of Firearms website for updates
Update 9 - 2/10/17 - The Department of Justice has WITHDRAWN their proposed regulations! DOJ will still have to issue regulations at some point, possibly emergency regulations to bypass the process. Help us fight them by clicking here.
Update 8 – 1/4/17 – DOJ Bureau of Firearms currently has this notice highlighted on their website: UPDATE AS OF JANUARY 4, 2017: The ability to register an Assault Weapon pursuant to Assembly Bill 1135 and Senate Bill 880, is not yet available. Pursuant to AB 1135 and SB 880, Assault Weapon registration regulations must be effective before any registrations can take place. At this time, the regulations are still pending, however they should be effective in the very near future. Please continue to check the Bureau of Firearms website for updates
Update 7 – 12/30/16 – Here’s another gem: “If the firearm has been modified or reconfigured to no longer meet the definition of assault weapon, one or more photographs clearly depicting the firearm in its current configuration shall be attached to the written deregistration request. Additional information, photographs, or inspection may be requested by the Department before determining eligibility for deregistration.”
Update 6 – 12/30/16 – Apparently, once a firearm is a “Bullet-Button Assault Weapon,” you’re stuck with it unless you reconfigure the firearm and de-register it as an AW: “The release mechanism for an ammunition feeding device on an assault weapon registered pursuant to Penal Code section 30900, subdivision (b)(1) shall not be changed after the assault weapon is registered.”
Update 5 – 12/30/16 – Photos will be required for AW registrations through CFARS: “Clear digital photos of firearms listed on the application. One photo shall depict the bullet-button style magazine release installed on the firearm. One photo shall depict the firearm from the end of the barrel to the end of the stock if it is a long-gun or the point furthest from the end of the barrel if it is a pistol. The other two photos shall show the left side of the receiver/frame and right side of the receiver/frame. These locations are typically where firearms are marked when manufacturing is complete. At the discretion of the Department the last two photos shall be substituted for photos of identification markings at some other locations on the firearm.”
Update 4 – 12/30/16 – According to the document, “Assault Weapon registrations must be filed electronically using the Department’s California Firearms Application Reporting System (CFARS), at the following website: https://cfars.doj.ca.gov/login.do“. Also, “The Department will not register a firearm as an assault weapon unless the firearm is fully assembled and fully functional.”
Update 3 – 12/30/16 – The proposed regulations filed with OAL for “Bullet Button Assault Weapons” can be viewed at this link.
Update 2 – 12/30/16 – Sources say that the new “assault weapon” registration will be through the DOJ’s California Reporting Information System (CRIS). According to DOJ, the “Benefits of Using CRIS” include that users can “report your firearms through an online application form using the internet which will eliminate the need to mail the application to DOJ and save time,” pay by “Visa, Master Card, American Express and Discover,” and upload attachments like “Firearm receipts, pictures of the firearm, police reports, or other documents that may be helpful for DOJ staff to process your application.”
Update 1 – 12/30/16 – DOJ has informed us that the regulations are being reviewed at OAL. According to OAL, the proposed regulations would alter Title 11 of the California Code of Regulations by adding sections 5470, 5471, 5472, 5474, 5474.1, 5474.2, 5475, 5476, 5477, 5478, and by amending existing sections 5469 and 5473.
12/30/16 – FPC has confirmed that the California Department of Justice has filed with the Office of Administrative Law (OAL) new proposed regulations on “Bullet-Button Assault Weapons”.