Proposed California ‘assault weapon’ regs rejected by state compliance agency
By Chris Eger
California Attorney General Xavier Becerra saw his office’s proposed new regulations on “assault weapons” halted by compliance watchdogs. (Photo: Andrew Harnik/AP)
The California Office of Administrative Law this week blocked proposed new rules on assault weapons and bullet buttons.
The agency responsible for carrying out the rulemaking compliance with state law refused to move forward Monday with submitted draft regulations from the California Department of Justice expanding the definition of an assault weapon.
Last month, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra’s office delivered the proposed regulations to OAL, submitting them as “file and print only” even though California residents are facing an end of the year registration deadline to abide by the yet-to-be established rules. This left Second Amendment groups howling over the secretive nature of the filing, resulting in the controversial 60-page proposal being made public two days later.
Among the regulations in the mammoth retooling is an online application process for those registering guns. Users will have to create an account with the California Firearms Application Reporting System and provide personal information. Online applications will cost $15 and if the fee is not paid, the registration will not be processed.
The National Rifle Association and California Rifle and Pistol Association on June 19 sent