It’s 2018 and things are about to change. This past year proposition 63 was passed and because of this there are many new gun laws that have been, and will be put into place. From January 1, 2018, to July 1, 2019, there will be many changes to the current laws regarding firearms. These changes are mostly related to ammunition, sales, and firearm relinquishment. While these laws can come across as confusing, we will try to explain them in a simple manner. Let’s take a look at how gun laws will change in 2018!
The first major change in gun laws has to do with firearm relinquishment. Proposition 63 implements a process for criminal offenders to give up their firearms. Those who were convicted of a serious criminal offense, including felonies or misdemeanors involving violence, domestic abuse, or illegal weapon use, will have to sell or transfer all firearms within a specified time after their conviction. The decision to make this change was made after a 2014 report that showed 42% of individuals obtained firearms after a criminal conviction. These individuals now must show paper proof of selling or transferring their firearms within a stated period of time. If these requirements are not met, law enforcement will personally recover firearms from the offender.
The next change being implemented is regarding ammunition sales. Started January 1, 2018, all ammunition sales must be processed through a licensed vendor. This is meant for ammunition that is bought online. You will no longer be allowed to have ammunition shipped to your home. Instead, the ammunition will be send to a licensed vendor to be processed. This is meant for criminals who try to buy ammunition online. They will now have a verified background check and will not be able to receive the ammunition. Another change is regarding gun dealers. Gun dealers now must obtain a DOJ (Department of Justice) certificate of eligibility from employees who handle ammunition, verifying they passed a background check.
Starting July 1, 2019 ammunition vendors must record, maintain, and submit ammunition sale records to DOJ, in a manner similar to dealer’s records of sales for firearms purchases. Also, before selling or transferring ammunition, ammunition vendors must first conduct a background check to verify that the person receiving the ammunition is lawfully able to purchase ammunition. Also happening on July 1, 2019, possession of large capacity magazines that hold more than 10 rounds become prohibited. Individuals who own previously grandfathered magazines must dispose of their magazines as specified.
With these new gun laws in place, some circumstances could be confusing. If you have any question regarding gun laws, or need help with a legal case, give us a call (209) 900-8200, or fill out our web form. We are here to help you.