Clarity on California's New Gun Laws

Approximately 20 percent of Californians own guns, according to a survey by Business Insider. This group will soon experience extensive changes due to new gun regulations that were passed in 2016. These regulations affect everything from who can borrow guns to how they are stored and where ammunition can be bought. These regulations were set in place by voter-approved ballot initiatives as well as state legislation. Although some of these regulations take place at the beginning of 2017, others take place over the next several years.

Timeline for New Gun Restrictions to Take Effect in California

Times, they are a changing, and it’s important to stay up to date on what new regulations are taking effect and when they take effect.

The following are a sampling of start dates for when certain restrictions take effect:

  • January 1, 2017
    • Handguns must be stored in a locked trunk or container if left in unattended vehicle.
    • Falsely reporting a firearm as stolen or lost is a crime beginning this date.
    • With few exceptions, it is illegal to loan guns to anyone other than immediate family.
    • A new definition of “assault weapon” begins on this date.
  • July 1, 2017
    • Law enforcement must be notified of loss or theft of a firearm within five days.
    • It is illegal to own magazines that can hold over 10 rounds, with few exceptions.
  • December 31, 2017
    • Assault weapons (under new definition) must be registered in California.
  • January 1, 2018
    • Ammunition transfers or sales must be done with a licensed ammunition vendor.
    • Ammunition can no longer be imported from outside the state unless shipped to a licensed vendor.
  • July 1, 2018
    • You must get state permission before assembling or manufacturing a firearm.
  • December 31, 2018
    • Any unmarked firearm possessed after July 1, 2018 must have a serial number.
  • July 1, 2019
    • Californians must undergo background checks to purchase ammunition.

Make sure you are up to date with all these changes in gun legislation. Read the full article on The Sacramento Bee. This information can save you a great deal of time, expense, and stress in the long run. If you find yourself facing charges associated with firearms, don’t hesitate to get in touch with an experienced firm.

Contact Davis Wojcik Duarte, A Professional Law Corporation, for more information about your legal options. Over the years, we have handled thousands of cases!

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