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Feature Article: Online Weapon Register Fails

Cal. DOJ online ‘Assault Weapon’ registration line fails

Special to Western Outdoor NewsPublished: Jul 05, 2018

SACRAMENTO — Both the California Rifle and Pistol Association (CRPA) and the National Rifle Association (NRA) sent out a notice on Friday, June 29, that as California Gun owners “assault weapon” registration deadline approached, the Cal. Department of Justice (DOJ) online registration site was crashing and failing.

As gun owners rushed to comply with registration of the states newly defined “assault weapon” under Senate Bill 880 and Assembly Bill 1135 prior to the midnight, June 30 deadline, they found the DOJ’s online “ California Firearms Application Reporting System ” or “CFARS” system continually crashing. Apparently the system was unable to handle the amount of traffic, preventing gun owners from submitting applications.

“Given the serious problems currently facing CFARS, if you intend to register, it is recommended that you maintain detailed records of your registration attempts, including screenshots, pictures, or videos, indicating the date and time of your attempts,” read the notice “And if you were unable to register your firearms before the deadline due to CFARS being inaccessible or otherwise offline, please send an email to

“In the meantime, if possible, you should disassemble your firearm by completely separating the upper and lower receivers, until you receive confirmation from DOJ that your registration was accepted or that you will be allowed to resubmit it after the deadline, due to the website crashing,” they said. “CRPA and NRA will work with DOJ in the coming days to determine what is to be done with people in this position.”

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