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What are California gun laws?

Western Outdoor NewsPublished: Dec 14, 2017

Just exactly what are the laws in California pertaining to ownership of firearms? And what firearms, exactly, may or may not be owned? And what clips can you legally own? Or does anyone really know?

The answer is, nobody really knows! Left wing California legislators have been in such a rush to try and control California residents, and what they can and cannot do, and what they can or cannot own in the way of firearms, that the slew of laws they have passed are contradictory, repetitive, confusing and overlapping.

In addition, California lawmakers keep redefining “assault weapon” to suit their purposes, so more and more guns fall under the definition.

Last week, the Second Amendment Foundation filed a lawsuit against the State of California challenging the newest regulations on so-called "assault weapons" and alleging that, as promulgated, they violate the state Administrative Procedures Act. The suit is Holt et. al. v. Becerra et. al.

Joining SAF are the Calguns Foundation, Firearms Policy Coalition, Firearms Policy Foundation and several individual California citizens. Named as defendants are state Attorney General Xavier Becerra, the California Department of Justice, along with Stephen Lindley, chief of the Department of Justice Bureau of Firearms; Debra M. Cornez, director of the Office of Administrative Law and Betty T. Yee, California state controller.

The lawsuit says that the challenged regulations "are invalid and unenforceable (because) they far exceed the scope, content, and purpose of the legal authority on which they are purportedly based."

California lawmakers have incrementally tightened regulations on the ownership of so-called "assault weapons" over the past several years while expanding the definition of what constitutes such a firearm. The new regulations have done likewise with no oversight.

CGF Chairman Gene Hoffman noted, "The DOJ has used every trick in the book to avoid good faith rule-making action, and we cannot allow that to go unchallenged. California laws are bad enough without piling on unlawful and harmful regulations, so we seek here to restore the rule of law—and some sanity."