California’s Bullet Button Ban registration, which had a compliance deadline of June 30, 2018, appears to have underperformed even the normally appalling results we expect from Sacramento politicians.
Reports from all over the Golden State detail countless stories of legal gun owners unable to register their AR-15 through the state’s Department of Justice (DOJ) website. For more detail about the correct steps so you do not violate California law, read our blog here.
Over at the Firearms Policy Coalition (FPC), a pro-Second Amendment organization, they unearthed some mind blowing, and frankly scary, statistics through Public Records requests from the DOJ.
The State required that AR platform rifle owners either register their gun as an assault weapon, convert it to featureless or install a fixed magazine solution, such as Cross Armory’s SAFE MAG. Although the deadline to register as an assault weapon owner was June 30, according to the DOJ records collected by FPC, 52,443 applications are still pending.
The DOJ processed only 13,519 applications between Aug. 3, 2017, and June 30, 2018, filed by a total of 6,213 individuals. They also rejected 1,373 applications. If the DOJ can keep up the pace they’ve maintained since the start, that application backlog will be cleared some time in 2020. If you’re among those waiting don’t take your bullet-button rifle out of the safe — it’s a felony until you are approved. Our government
has managed to combine the technical excellence of the Obamacare rollout with the efficiency of the DMV.
Other issues have been reported, such as is the case with Harry Sharp of Redding. The Sacramento Bee detailed his inability to access the DOJ website and upload photos of his weapon. Sharp and others are now suing the state.
The FPC, meanwhile, reports that the accuracy of the original cost estimates by the State are what we have come to expect from Sacramento. The original estimate to add the DOJ’s BBAW (Bullet Button Assault Weapon) registration system to CFARS (California Firearms Application Reporting System) was $55,770. The actual expense to date has been $113,370. Does anyone doubt it will go higher?
According to the FPC 1.3 million AR platform guns were purchased in California between 2000 and 2017. They estimate that there are another
500,000 home-built ARs in the State. By FPC’s calculation this means the State has sent 18 months and untold dollars to harangue 3% of AR owners. Is anyone surprised?
This information reinforces why we at Cross Armory have encouraged gun owners to convert their ARs rather than register them. The good news is that Cross Armory will be here to ensure that your weapon is compliant with California law. You can install our SAFE MAG and QUICK PINS for a fixed magazine solution or go featureless and install our STOCK LOCK to fix your adjustable stock.