Governor Brown signed 6 new gun control bills into law in July that may create an unintended opportunity for you to upgrade your AR15 . Most of these laws are going into effect January 2017. Arguably the most game-changing law for us is the new assault weapons ban. The new ban stipulates that a semi-automatic AR15, even those built from 80% lowers previously considered legal in 2016 will be illegal after the new laws go into effect.
What makes California AR15s illegal?
The authors of the new bill accomplished this by re-defining what’s considered an assault rifle; which was already banned. The new law expands the previous definition of an assault rifle to include any semi-automatic rifle with a removable magazine, pistol grip or flash suppressor. That is now there is no difference between a fully-automatic, short barrel, suppressed AR15 with 30 round magazines and what you could purchase at your local gun shop in 2016.
What happens to these now redefined assault weapons? Well – the good people in Sacramento will let you keep them. Just contact the Department of Justice by December 31, 2017 and register them.
Can I upgrade my AR15 now that I have to register it?
What we’ve been wondering – and some others have asked if its time to upgrade your AR15 before 2018. If you’re required to register a weapon, once not considered an assault weapon because it lacked certain features, can those same features – like a regular magazine release, be added along with some other features now that your neutered semi-automatic rifle is being added to the same database as the big boys? If so – could this mean several watered down AR15’s will be converted over to something Eugene Stoner would be proud of?