California DOJ submits proposed ‘assault weapon’ regs a 3rd time
By Chris Eger
California Attorney General Xavier Becerra’s office is hoping third time’s a charm for proposed rules on just what constitutes an assault weapon under state law where bullet buttons are concerned. (Photo: Xavier Becerra via Twitter)
The California Department of Justice last week submitted to the California Office of Administrative Law draft regulations to expand the definition of an “assault weapon” in the state.
In a repeat of a proposal rejected by OAL, the state did not release the draft regulations to the public, submitting them “file and print only,” which could potentially shortcut public comment periods. Attorneys working on behalf of the California Rifle and Pistol Association and National Rifle Association were able to obtain the proposed 67-page regulatory change on Friday following public records requests.
Besides a host of updated legal definitions for what now constitutes assault weapons and “bullet buttons” and how they function following the adoption of new laws last year, a new online application process for those registering guns will be established. Users will have to create an account at the California Firearms Application Reporting System and provide personal information.
The website for the system cautions, “At this time, the regulations are still pending, however they should be effective in