April 2, 2012

New California Gun Laws 2013-2014

New California gun laws for are in effect for 2013, with more for 2014, and a "new" firearms law that's a blast from the past.

The list of new California gun laws signed by Governor Jerry Brown also includes two delayed gun laws which go into effect in the new year.....
California Gun Microstamping Law" for more.

AB 1527 - Long Gun Open Carry Ban

The new gun law prohibits open carry of unloaded long guns, such as rifles and shotguns, in public places. This is a follow-up to last year's AB 144, which prohibited the open carry of unloaded handguns in public places. Law now in effect.

SB 1315 - Imitation Firearms

The new gun law authorizes Los Angeles County to enact and enforce an ordinance that is stricter than state law regarding the manufacture, sale, possession or use of any BB device, toy gun, replica of a firearm or other device that is so substantially similar in coloration and overall appearance to an existing firearm as to lead a reasonable person to perceive that the device is a firearm and that expels a projectile that is no more than 16 millimeters in diameter. Law now in effect.

Senate Bill 1367 - Deer, Archery Season, Concealed Firearms

The new gun law revises the Fish and Game Code authorizes a peace officer, whether active or honorably retired, or a person with a valid license to carry a firearm on his or her person while engaged in the taking of deer with bow and arrow, but prohibits taking or attempting to take deer with that firearm. Law now in effect.


Next Year's California Guns Laws Not Yet In Effect

AB 809 - Long Gun Registration Law 2014

AB 809 will require the registration of any newly purchased long guns, starting in 2014. Critics of this new gun law say it violates Second Amendment rights by forcing state registration of rifles and shotguns, and that the only value of long gun registration is in assisting governments to locate and confiscate firearms in the future. Law effectiveJanuary 1,2014.

AB 1559 - Firearms Dealer Regulatory Reform 2014

The new gun law provides that, beginning in 2014, the Department of Justice will only charge one fee for a single transaction on the same date and time for taking title or possession of any number of firearms. The new law also clarifies the process for issuance of permits for short-barreled rifles used in the motion picture industry. Law effective January 1, 2014.


Last Year's California Gun Laws Still In Effect

SB 610 - Concealed Handgun Permit Application

SB 610 standardizes the application process for a concealed handgun permit and removes the mandate that a CCW applicant purchase liability insurance before getting the permit. The loudest criticism remains that the concealed handgun permit is still too difficult to obtain --- and perhaps too "political" in the process. Law in effect since last year.

SB 819 - Transfer of Background Check Fees

SB 819 lets the Department of Justice utilize the Dealer Record of Sales (DROS) funds to pay for enforcement of California firearm possession laws in the Armed & Prohibited Persons Systems program.

DROS funds were originally collected from firearm purchasers to pay for the administrative process for background checks. SB 819 amends Section 28225 of the Penal Code.

Critics of this new gun law say that, by diverting DROS background check fees toward gun possession law enforcement, the DROS fund will be depleted of money and necessitate another increase in California fees for background checks in the state. Law in effect since last year.

AB 144 - Unloaded Handgun Open Carry Ban

AB 144 makes the open carrying of an unloaded handgun illegal in California. Critics of this new gun law say the open carrying of firearms by law-abiding Californians results from arbitrary concealed carry laws, which let gun owners from one county get a permit while gun owners in the next county are denied the right. Law in effect since last year.

Read the entire list of new California laws for 2014.