BREAKING: CRPA and NRA Submit Pre-Litigation Demand Letter Opposing DOJ’s “Bullet Button Assault Weapon” Regulations

As we previously reported, last week, the California Department of Justice officially submitted regulations regarding newly classified “Bullet Button Assault Weapons” to the Office of Administrative Law (“OAL”) for final publication in the California Code of Regulations (CCR). The regulations were submitted to OAL as “File and Print” only, meaning DOJ is claiming that the regulations are expressly exempted by statute from public comment or OAL review. The regular rulemaking process in California requires State agencies to provide at least 45 days for public comment on any regulation. But if OAL accepts DOJ’s position that all of their “assault weapon” regulations are exempt from this ordinary adoption process, the regulations will then be published in the CCR without any opportunity for public comment.

 

DOJ claims an exemption as a result of specific language in the recently enacted “assault weapon” law regarding the registration process. As enacted, the law requires DOJ to create regulations providing gun owners with the information necessary on how to properly register their bullet-button firearms with DOJ as an “assault weapon.” The law exempts such registration related regulations from the typical rulemaking process, but significantly, only to the extent necessary for the actual registration process.

 

Contrary to the limits of the OAL exemption contained in the statute itself, the regulations submitted by DOJ to OAL go far beyond what is necessary for the registration process. The regulations actually read like a wish list from the gun ban lobby that DOJ is attempting to shoehorn into the limited exception to the regulatory adoption process actually contained in the law. Included in the regulations DOJ submitted are over 40 new definitions, excessive personal information requirements for registering a firearm, requirements that individuals provide information on where they acquired their firearms, requirements that individuals provide DOJ with photos of their firearms, requirements for serializing firearms built from 80% receivers, expansion of the “assault weapon” definition to bullet-button equipped shotguns, and restrictions on removing the “bullet-button” once the firearm is registered as an “assault weapon.”

 

In response, today NRA and CRPA’s legal team submitted a joint-letter to DOJ demanding that DOJ withdraw their regulations as a violation of the authority granted under the law. CRPA and NRA’s legal team also submitted a joint-letter to OAL requesting OAL to reject and not officially publish DOJ’s regulations. In the event that DOJ does not adhere to this demand letter, a lawsuit will be filed promptly.

 

CRPA and NRA will also be hosting a live webinar for all California gun owners on Tuesday, January 10 at 12:00 p.m. discussing DOJ’s “Bullet Button Assault Weapon” regulations.

 

CRPA and NRA will also be hosting a live webinar for all California gun owners on Tuesday, January 10 at 12:00 p.m. discussing DOJ’s “Bullet Button Assault Weapon” regulations.

 

Unfortunately, the webinar is currently full. A recording will be made available on CRPA’s website for later viewing at www.crpa.org/webinars.

 

Make sure you stay up to date on DOJ’s regulations and other important firearm related issues by subscribing to CRPA email alerts.

 

Make sure you stay up to date on DOJ’s regulations and other important firearm related issues by subscribing to CRPA email alerts.

 

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5 responses to “BREAKING: CRPA and NRA Submit Pre-Litigation Demand Letter Opposing DOJ’s “Bullet Button Assault Weapon” Regulations

  1. I wanted to express my deep appreciation regarding your courageous fight to preserve our freedom under our Constitutional Second Amendment. The control minded California Legislative Branch and Governor are attempting to turn our State of California into a socialist republic. It is organizations like CRPA and the NRA that hold the line to preserve our liberty. Thank you for your service.

  2. I’m a little curious as to why CRPA isn’t asking us to contact OAL en masse on this one like was done with DOJ’s Christmas end-run attempt on LCM’s .

  3. Have a Happy New Year

    Still in awe of how CRPA works behind closed doors at meetings. As a Former BOD. I hope this year will be better than last year.
    Just feel that fighting a up hill battle in CA. for the last 20 years or so is finally getting me down a bit.

  4. I think that we are fighting an up-hill fixed process, our elected un-representatives have been against US owning guns for years, they have resources that are unlimited, we pay them to screw US. I think our only option are the courts, I am not sure that we can get a just decision. The law means nothing to them, look at Chicago, over 700 murders, police afraid of the political climate and are working safe, Chicago has some of the strictest gun laws in the nation. That’s the path our state government has US on, if you can find it on demand, 60 minutes had a segment on Chicago, the picture is drugs, gangs, turf wars, like Trump said the good people are scared to death of coming out of their houses, just a matter of time till it happens here.

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