Criminal Lawyer in Sacramento Explains the New California Gun Laws in Detail
California saw some big changes to its gun laws in 2016. These changes in regulation will affect up to 6 million gun owners across the state. These new laws are set to take effect in the beginning of 2017, but certain aspects will be rolled out over the following years. Due to some recent complications with the legislation, including legislative overlap and concern over the constitutionality of the laws, many Californians are left confused about the laws effects and what action should be taken. If you have any questions about CA gun laws, t’s important you speak with a Sacramento criminal defense lawyer as soon as possible.
The new gun laws are best divided into the following categories:
- Reporting of Firearm Theft or Loss – Effective as of January 1, 2017, falsely reporting a firearm as lost or stolen is established as a crime and beginning July 1, 2017, lost or stolen firearms must be reported to law enforcement within 5 days.
- Lending of firearms – loaning firearms to individuals outside immediate family members (with limited exceptions) is officially a crime beginning January 1, 2017.
- Large-Capacity Magazine Restrictions – beginning July 1, 2017, the possession of magazine capable of holding more than 10 rounds becomes illegal (with limited exceptions)
- Assault Weapons – the deadline to register a weapon considered an “assault weapon” according to the new definition is December 31, 2017.
- Home-built Guns and Guns Without Serial Numbers – manufacturing or assembling firearms requires state permission beginning July 1, 2018 and the deadline for unmarked firearms possessed after this date to be given a serial number is December 31, 2018.
- Ammunition Restrictions – ammunition sales or transfers must be conducted through a licensed ammunition vendor beginning January 1, 2018 and any ammunition purchased outside California may not be imported without first being shipped to a licensed vendor starting January 1, 2019. Californians must undergo a background check before buying ammunition as well.
- Handgun Storage Law – handguns must be stored in a locked container or trunk when left unattended in a vehicle
Some of these new laws have limited exceptions so it’s always a good idea to consult with a Sacramento criminal defense lawyer regarding your specific situation.
There is expected to be a financial effect of the new measures. These changes could end up costing the taxpayers tens of millions of dollars for various associated costs, and gun owners should be sure to expect price increases across the board, in addition to additional background check fees for the purchase of ammunition. Owning a gun is a federal right for US citizens, but the CA state government has been making that right more and more difficult to secure.
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