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Oops They Did It Again…California DOJ files new ‘assault weapon’ regs, not available to the public

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra’s office this week filed new regulations for review over just what constitutes an “assault weapon” moving forward. (Photo: Andrew Harnik/AP)

It seems that the CA gov likes to keep its actions hidden form the public…maybe because they know we wont continue to put up with their BS.  Here is the details, complements of TheGunBlog.

The state Department of Justice submitted draft regulations to the California Office of Administrative Law this week expanding the definition of an “assault weapon” in the state.

The state hasn’t released the proposed regulations to the public, submitting them “file and print only” even though California residents are facing an end of the year registration deadline to abide by the yet-to-be established rules.

This comes three months after the withdrawal of an initial proposed rule formulated during the administration of Attorney General Kamala Harris, now a U.S. senator, to address changes required by legislation passed last year. That rule had been submitted after a proposed emergency regulation on making now-outlawed pre-ban magazines capable of holding more than 10 cartridges compliant, which, in turn, has also been pulled.

The National Rifle Association and California Rifle & Pistol Association had fired off a prelitigation letter to the state, warning of several potential illegalities with the initially proposed regulations and now eagerly wants a look at the new regulations.

According to attorney Chuck Michel, the NRA’s west coast counsel, the new statutes give DOJ the authority to establish the regulation on so-called assault weapons and large capacity magazines, but they can’t do it without first asking for public comment on the proposed regulations.

“They just want to railroad it through the Office of Administrative Law and get them published without any public comment,” Michel told Guns.com on Tuesday in a phone call. He fears since the latest set of regs revise the same code sections as the first, there are still multiple illegalities in DOJ’s latest version.

Michel thinks DOJ, by skirting public comment, is trying to get the new regs in place on the cheap through a regulatory dodge sans public hearings as the deadline grows closer to register guns newly classified as “assault weapons.”

“Now here we are almost June, and people have to register them by January 1,” says Michel, arguing the state’s lawyers are stretched thin and can’t keep up with what it is tasked with doing. “This is just the latest illustration of a dysfunctional DOJ when it comes to regulating firearms.”

Faced with the looming need to draft and enforce new regulations — including a mandated background check process for ammunition sales — as well as fight lawsuits, Gov. Jerry Brown proposed a $33 million increase to DOJ’s budget earlier this year while simultaneously backing a $5 million general fund reduction, the latter frowned upon by the state fiscal policy watchdog. Since then, California ‘s new attorney general, Xavier Becerra, was able to wrangle an additional $6.5 million from Brown to provide for more staff to help wage legal warfare with the federal government. Becerra told lawmakers last month his office has spent $6.5 million alone fighting President Trump’s executive orders since January.

Speaking of litigation.

“CRPA and NRA will make another lawsuit ready against DOJ because they have exceeded their statutory authority to promulgate these regs and we’ll put that on top of the other lawsuits,” said Michel.

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2 thoughts on “Oops They Did It Again…California DOJ files new ‘assault weapon’ regs, not available to the public

  1. The regulations have been released to and posted by Firearms Policy Coalition. And it looks like your “safe mag” is now worthless.

    “An AR-15 style firearm lacking magazine catch assembly (magazine catch, magazine catch spring and magazine release button) constitutes a detachable magazine.”

    • Hi Fabian,

      We’re glad you brought this up. We think you might reconsider upon taking the following things into account. Here is a link to the PDF to which we refer below: bit.ly/CaDOJNewRegsMay122017.

      The law states that (shown on page 1 of 15 in the linked PDF) “Any person who, from January 1, 2001, to December 31, 2016, inclusive, lawfully possessed an assault weapon that does not have a fixed magazine, as defined in Penal Code section 30515, including those weapons that can be readily removed from the firearm with the use of a tool (commonly referred to as a bullet-button weapon) must register the firearm before January 1, 2018.”

      If you scroll further down to page 4, section 5471.p, a “fixed magazine” is defined as “an ammunition feeding device contained-in, or permanently attached to, a firearm in such a manner that the device cannot be removed without disassembly of the firearms action.

      If you then look at the definition of “disassembly of the firearm action” further up on page 4, section 5471.n, you will see that it is defined (for purposed of an AR-15) as the “disassembly of the action on a two part receiver, requiring the rear take down pin to be removed, the upper receiver lifted upwards and away from the lower receiver using the front pivot pin as the fulcrum before the magazine may be removed.”

      Remember, these regulations are written to simply define the terms of the law and the process of registration – they are not the law but a definition of one. The regulations originally released in December of 2016 were pulled back because they overstepped the bounds of defining the requirements for registration that are required by the law enacted in July of 2016.

      The Safe Mag was designed to follow the letter of the law passed. It will “fix” your magazine into place until you have “disassembled” your firearm. The Safe Mag will only release the magazine after the disassembly has occurred. Properly installed, the Safe Mag is a magazine lock that will only release upon the removal of the rear take down pin (or use of Quick Pins that will make your life immensely more easy!).

      Please let us know if you still disagree. We are not lawyers and cannot legally swear that our interpretation is correct, but a lot of people smarter than us have had read it the same way.

      Kind regards,
      Cross Armory

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