The state of California has more than 6 million gun owners, and these California citizens should expect some new weapon restrictions for this year. These new regulations are a result of lawmakers and voters approving these new laws over the past two years. Many gun owners, however, are not sure about these new gun possession laws that regulate ammunition purchases, weapon classifications, and other legal changes.
One big new weapon regulation for California gun owners is the prohibition of assault rifles. Assault rifles are defined as semi-automatic, centerfire rifles or semi-automatic pistols that don’t have a fixed magazine. These guns also have a protruding pistol grip. Assault rifle owners can keep their weapons if they owned them before the new law, but they must register it under the California Department of Justice by June 30, 2018.
Starting at the beginning of this year, California gun owners can no longer ship ammunition to their home that they purchased online or from a catalog. The ammunition must first be shipped to a licensed vendor, who will then charge you a processing fee. It is also now illegal to import into California ammunition purchased in another state. Finally, a bill was signed that makes it a misdemeanor to openly carry an unloaded long gun in specific county areas.
California gun owners should also know that they will have to undergo an extensive background check in order to buy ammunition, but not until 2019.
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