NOTE: For all CA "Bullet Button/Assault Weapon" Regulations, please click here. This page is for ALL other firearms related regulations.
Update 42 - 10/9/20 - CA DOJ has released emergency regulations that seek to increase the Dealer Record of Sale fee (DROS fee) from $19 to $31.19. You can view the regulations here. You can also view the finding of emergency here and the economic & fiscal impact statement here.
Update 41 - 08/15/20 - CA DOJ has issued the following notice in regards to the the Duncan v. Becerra ruling issued by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals
Update 40 - 04/14/20 - CA DOJ has unlawfully made and begun enforcing a new regulation, giving themselves the ability to arbitrarily delay firearm transfers beyond the statutory 10-day waiting period, completely contrary to the law, and to the rights of the people of California. You can read our Cease & Desist letter here.
Update 39 - 03/09/20 - CA DOJ is providing notice of proposed emergency readoption of regulations regarding Identification Requirements for Firearms and Ammunition Eligibility Checks. Comments accepted until March 15, 2020. Text of Finding of Emergency, forms being repealed, and forms being adopted can be viewed here. Text of Proposed Regulations, STD 399 Econ/Fiscal Impact and STD 400 can be viewed here. This notice and related documents are also available on the Department's website.
Update 38 - 12/20/19 - CA DOJ submitted emergency regulations resulting in an increase of your DROS fees, which are paid on every firearm transfer/purchase. CA DOJ only has tens of millions of dollars of DROS fees in an account they're not using to update the background check and APPS systems like they're supposed to; and in true statist fashion, they need more. See this important notice. Read more from CA's Attorney General Becerra here.
Update 37 - 12/19/19 - CA DOJ has submitted Notification of a 45 Day Public Comment Period regarding ID Requirements for Firearms and Ammo Checks. The update can be viewed here.
Update 36 - 12/03/19 - CA DOJ has submitted notification of Readoption of Emergency Regulations Regarding Identification for Firearms and Ammunition Eligibility Checks. The update can be viewed here.
Update 35 - 10/03/19 - CA DOJ has submitted Notification of 45 Day Public Comment Period: Self Manufactured and Self Assembled Firearms. The update can be viewed here.
Update 34 - 9/10/19 - CA DOJ has submitted a second re-adoption of emergency regulations regarding firearm identification info for new California residents. The update can be viewed here.
Update 33 - 6/13/19 - CA DOJ has submitted emergency regulations regarding the unique serial number application process for new California residents. The update can be viewed here.
Update 32 - 6/10/19 - CA DOJ has submitted emergency regulations regarding identification requirements for firearms and ammunition eligibility checks. The update can be viewed here.
Update 31 - 4/23/19 - CA DOJ has updated the regulations regarding the purchasing or transferring of ammunition. The update can be viewed here.
Update 30 - 4/18/19 - CA DOJ has updated the regulations regarding the purchasing or transferring of ammunition. The update can be viewed here.
Update 29 - 4/15/19 - The CA DOJ has modified the regulations regarding their Automated Firearms System. The text of proposed regulations can be viewed here.
Update 28 - 1/3/18: CA DOJ issued information bulletin highlighting new and amended 2019 firearms laws. The bulletin can be viewed here.
Update 27 - 12/19/18: CA DOJ has released even more regulations days before Christmas. This time, they have released Emergency Regulations regarding "Firearms: Identifying Information and the Unique Serial Number Application Process for Self-Manufactured or Self-Assembled Firearms; Existing and New California Residents." The text of the proposed regulations can be viewed here.
Update 26 - 12/14/18: Just in time for the holidays, the CA DOJ has released new regulations regarding ammunition purchases. The text of the proposed regulations can be viewed here.
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Update 25 - 12/7/18: The CA DOJ proposed regulations regarding the DROS Entry System. The text of the proposed regulations can be viewed here.
Update 24 - 11/20/18: Modifications were made to the proposed regulations regarding Handguns and Firearm Safety Device Testing. The text of the modified regulations can be viewed here.
Update 23 - 11/20/18: The CA Department of Justice has issued a consumer alert regarding the use of "Federal Limits May Apply" driver licenses and identification cards to purchase firearms. You can view the alert here.
Update 22 - 10/5/18: The CA Department of Justice has just released new regulations regarding California Firearms Application Reporting System (CFARS). You can view them here.
Update 21 - 9/21/18: CA DOJ has released updates on Automated Firearms System Information. You can view them here.
Update 20 - 7/23/18: CA DOJ has released modifications to Handguns & FSD Regulations. You can view them here.
Update 19 - 7/19/18: Today, California Department of Justice issued new rulemaking documents about proposed regulations concerning Certificates of Eligibility and its broken CFARS online system. According to DOJ, they made changes to their originally-proposed regulations "in response to comments received regarding the proposed regulation." You can read our opposition letter here. (See also Update nos. 8 and 14 below.) DOJ is accepting "written comments between July 19 and August 6, 2018," but only "written comments received by August 6, 2018, which pertain to the indicated changes will be reviewed and responded to by the Department’s staff as part of the compilation of the rulemaking file." All written comments must be submitted to the Department no later than 5:00 p.m. on August 6, 2018, and addressed to: Audrey Durfor, Department of Justice, P.O. Box 160487, Sacramento, CA 95816-0487; Email: [email protected]; Fax: (916) 227-7615.
Update 18 - 6/27/18: FPC and FPF have filed their opposition to ATF's proposed ban on "bump-stocks" with over 900 pages of analysis and supporting exhibits. You can view it here. To read the press release, click here. Additionally, the NFA Freedom Alliance has submitted their opposition which you can read here.
Update 17 - 6/13/18: The CA Department of Justice has agreed to stop enforcing an illegal “underground” gun control regulation. You can read their notice to the Office of Administrative Law here and their related Bulletin to California gun dealers here.
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Update 16 - 5/23/18: FPC and other gun rights groups have served Attorney General Xavier Becerra and the CA Department of Justice with petition demanding they stop breaking the law. To read the petition, click here. To read the press release, click here.
Update 15 - 5/21/18: The CA Office of Administrative Law has approved CA DOJ "Ghost Gun" regulations. You can view them here.
Update 14 - 4/27/18: FPC has filed a letter of opposition to to the California Department of Justice's Certificate of Eligibility regulations. You can read the letter here.
Update 13 - 4/13/18: The California Department of Justice has just filed new regulations regarding "Identifying Info and the Unique Serial Number Application" for firearms. As our team combs through the regulations, you can read them for yourself here.
Update 12 - 3/29/18: The new Federal "bumpstock" regulations are live on the Federal Register. You can view them and write a comment before June 27, 2018 here.
Update 11 - 3/23/18: The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives has proposed that they amend regulations to clarify that "Bump Stocks" be treated as machine guns. You can read the proposal here.
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Update 10 - 3/20/18: Firearms Policy Coalition, Firearms Policy Foundation, The Calguns Foundation, and the California Association of Federal Firearms Licensees has filed their opposition to the recently proposed regulations relating to CA AB 857, AKA Ghost Guns. You can read the letter here.
Update 9 - 3/16/18: As they tend to do, the CA DOJ has released new regulations on a Friday afternoon, this time dealing with DROS Entry Systems. You can read them here.
Update 8 - 3/9/18: The California Department of Justice has just released regulations regarding certificates of eligibility (COE). You can read the regulations here.
Update 7 - 1/31/18: The California Department of Justice has just released regulations relating to AB 857 and unserialized firearms. You can view them here.
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Update 6 - 12/7/17: Following a PRA sent in by FPC's Regulatory Watch Team, The Office of Administrative Law (OAL) sent FPC all of the public records relating to the recently proposed ammunition vendor regulations. This document has been broken up into three separate documents. The first document contains our initial request followed by emails between OAL and the Department of Justice (DOJ), which you can view here. The second document is the "Final Rulemaking Package" regarding ammunition vendor licensing submitted by DOJ to OAL, which you can view here. Finally, the third document is the text of the regulations and any associated forms, which you can view here.
Update 5 - 7/24/17: CA DOJ has just released regulations to implement privacy notices on many of their existing firearms forms. This will bring them into compliance with California Civil Code 1798.17, which has existed since 1985. That means the forms being updated have been out of compliance with a 32 year old law! Unbelievable, but par for the course when dealing with DOJ. You can view DOJ's document here.
Update 4 - 7/20/17: You can read FPC's press release on DOJ's email here.
Update 3 - 7/19/17: DOJ must be paying attention as they have seemed to respond to the letter FPC delivered on the 17th of July. At 4:51PM today, DOJ emailed their regulatory list (which they had initially failed to do) that the hearing for public comment had been pushed back to a later date to allow more time for the public to weigh in. Additionally, DOJ updated the web address in their notice that previously forwarded to an unrelated page.
While this is not a roll back of the regulations, we cannot even start to beat DOJ until they begin to follow the law. This is a step in the right direction.
Update 2 - 7/17/17: The California Department of Justice has just submitted regulations for "Ammunition Vendors." These regulations seek to impose a $198 annual fee on ammunition vendors that are not FFLs.
These are over two weeks late, which puts many businesses in jeopardy as they need to apply before the first of the year. By the time they are approved by the Office of Administrative Law, ammo businesses may only have weeks left to apply. DOJ should have had these regulations ready to go in early 2017.
Additionally, DOJ had produced these regulations on or before July 4th. So, once again, DOJ has been hiding public regulations from us and YOU for at least 10 days as they finally updated the regulations on their website today. Our response to DOJ and OAL can be found here.
The regulations can be viewed here. You can also view the draft initial license form and renewal form. DOJ's initial statement of reasons can be viewed here. You can read our press release here.
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Update 1 - 7/1/17: The CA Department of Justice has failed to release regulations for "Ammunition Vendors" by today's deadline. That means many businesses will be put in unnecessary danger simply because DOJ has failed to do their job.