There are two schools of thought in the Golden State when it comes to California compliance with the AR-15.
Due to the overreach of the state and its overburdening laws, AR-15 owners are forced to choose between having a fixed magazine AR-15 (or AR-10) or going featureless. Both options do not require registering the weapon.
So, let’s start with the benefits of a fixed magazine, often known as a AR-15 mag lock.
Here at Cross Armory, we have developed products for both preferences. But with the mag lock, our AR-15 accessories and tailored for California compliance.
With a fixed mag solution, AR-15 (plus M4 and AR-10) owners may keep their features, such as pistol grips, forward grips, adjustable buttstock, flash suppressor, thumbhole stocks, famously known as “evil features.”
In this circumstance, California law requires a fixed magazine, like our SAFE MAG, which provides an automatic magazine release when the upper and lower receivers are separated.
The law also requires the receivers to separate when changing magazines. As a result, we developed the QUICK PINS as a faster and easier option to operate than the standard rear takedown pin.
Many gun owners prefer this method AR-15 modification so they can enjoy their weapon with faster reloading times.
Featureless is also a popular option among California AR-15 owners. However, a gun owner cannot keep their “evil features,” but it allows the use of a detachable magazine (no fixed magazine solution required) and lawfully standard magazines.
In addition, going featureless means you cannot enjoy an adjustable buttstock. It is why we developed the STOCK LOCK, which holds the stock in place.
It is up to the owner to decide which option is the best for them. There are solutions for both options looking out for the best interest of shooters.
But keep in mind, this is not a legal determination on the part of Cross Armory, so be sure to consult with an attorney for any questions or concerns regarding the law.
Please keep in mind that we are not lawyers, so we cannot offer legal advice. However, we do think the law is reasonably clear as it relates to ARs. There have been several webinars presented by NRA and CRPA that discuss the law in detail as well. Again, this is not a legal representation. We recommend that all of our clients do their own research by reading the law and regulations.