CRPA Legislation: AB 897 (Gipson) Goes After “Ghost Guns”

The California Assembly goes after the elusive ghost guns again!

Assemblyman Gipson presented his bill, AB 879, in the Assembly Public Safety Committee today, claiming the bill would go further and be more effective in stopping precursor parts from being sold to ineligible Californians with requiring a background check.

This bill seeks to expand the definition of precursor parts so broadly that two publicly anti-2A Assemblymen (Jones-Sawyer & Quirk) questioned the effectiveness and enforceability of the bill.

Commencing July 1, 2024, AB 879(Gipson) requires the sale of firearm precursor parts, as defined, to be conducted by or processed through a licensed firearm precursor part vendor. Commencing January 1, 2024, the bill would require a person or business to have a valid firearm precursor part vendor license to sell more than one firearm precursor part in any 30-day period.

The bill’s author claims to be narrowing legislation on “ghost guns”, a term coined by the infamous former Senator Kevin DeLeon.

Despite the efforts of CRPA and other 2nd Amendment groups and committee members questioning the cost to California Department of Justice, the bill was passed on to Assembly Appropriations Committee.

Want to hear the committee meeting for yourself? Click here. 

CRPA will be following and fighting this bill in every step of the legislative process. Thank you for your support.


  • What’s the definition of precursor part? A nut a bolt or a screw! Very ambiguous open ended language. So no new cars for you it may contain a precursor part.

  • It would be hard to get more foolish than this proposal. It will contribute nothing to the safety of Californians.

  • Hearing for AB-879 starts at 1:34:45

    Hey CRPA,

    I appreciate you linking the video to the committee, but it’s not enough to just link the video. These videos are always somewhere around 3 or 4 hours long, and without any place markers. Furthermore, the committees tend not to follow the presentation order as outlined on their agenda. In the future, please list a time stamp on where to find the discussion on a bill in committee.


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