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California DOJ Proposes “Emergency” Regulations Regarding Magazines Capable Of Holding More Than 10 Rounds But None For “Assault Weapons”

December 16, 2016

Early this morning, the California Department of Justice provided notice of proposed regulations relating to magazines capable of holding more than 10 rounds. Included are changes to the requirements for obtaining and maintaining a “large-capacity magazine permit,” new regulations addressing so-called “large-capacity” magazine conversion kits, new regulations on how individuals must “permanently alter” a magazine to accept no more than 10 rounds, and new regulations regarding the transfer and possession of multi-tube shotgun designs.

The regulations have been submitted under California’s emergency rulemaking process, which means they could become effective in just 17 days.

We are currently reviewing the proposed regulations and will be providing a detailed analysis of their effect shortly. In the meantime, we encourage all of our members to participate in the rulemaking process by submitting their comments during the 5-day public comment period, expected to begin on December 21.

Currently, CRPA and NRA are still awaiting the DOJ’s proposed regulations that will accompany SB 880 and AB 1135, which redefine the definition of an “assault weapon” in California. CRPA and NRA have submitted a letter about DOJ’s failure to act in a timely manner for this process.

In addition to monitoring the new regulations that are being proposed by the DOJ, CRPA and NRA attorneys are preparing multiple lawsuits to undo the Gunpocalypse bill package and Proposition 63. If successful, these new burdensome regulation proposals will be moot.

Early this morning, the California Department of Justice provided notice of proposed regulations relating to magazines capable of holding more than 10 rounds. Included are changes to the requirements for obtaining and maintaining a “large-capacity magazine permit,” new regulations addressing so-called “large-capacity” magazine conversion kits, new regulations on how individuals must “permanently alter” a magazine to accept no more than 10 rounds, and new regulations regarding the transfer and possession of multi-tube shotgun designs.

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