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Legislative Update: Bullet button ban approved, lawsuits are on the way

Special to Western Outdoor NewsPublished: Aug 09, 2017

SACRAMENTO — On Aug. 3, the Office of Administrative Law officially approved DOJ’s proposed “bullet-button assault weapon” regulations, a result of the enactment of Senate Bill 880 and Assembly Bill 1135 signed into law in 2016, both of which classify certain firearms required to be equipped with “bullet buttons” as “assault weapons” under California law.

According to the NRA-ILA, pursuant to this change in the law, individuals who currently own thse firearms, now classified as “assault weapons”, have until July 1, 2018 to either register the firearm with the California Department of Justice or modify the firearm so it does not meet the new definition of “assault weapon.”


As reported previously, DOJ’s prior attempt at burdensome and unnecessary regulations was denied by the Office of Administrative Law after the NRA and California Rifle and Pistol Association (CRPA) attorneys submitted a comprehensive opposition letter, which point-by-point dismantled DOJ’s arguments in support of its regulations.


The approved regulations lacked any substantive changes from the previously denied regulations. At this very moment, NRA and CRPA attorneys are finalizing a lawsuit which will challenge these regulations as a violation of California’s Administrative Procedures Act.




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