Arsenal, Inc. will no longer manufacture two models of California-compliant rifles due to recent changes to the state’s firearms laws. Arsenal is one of the top-tier manufacturers of AK-pattern rifles in the US and their products fetch a price premium wherever they are sold.
Recently California legislators passed a series of laws as part of a gun control package that gun rights supporters dubbed “gunmageddon.” The package was built on seven laws that expanded California’s “assault weapon” laws and banned the popular Bullet Button.
These laws curb or ban the sale of many rifles popular across California and the rest of the country. Due to this many companies will have to halt some or all sales to state residents.
“Arsenal Inc. appreciates the Second Amendment supporters and our enthusiasts from California and we remain dedicated to the right to bear arms for everyone,” said Arsenal in a statement.
“However, given the current laws and regulations in California and with less than three months left for the new laws to take effect, we regret to announce that the production of two of our California compliant rifles, the SAM7SF-84C and SAM7UF-85C,” said Arsenal. “All components for making the SAM7UF and SAM7SF into fixed-stock California-compliant rifles have been manufactured and the last units have rolled out of our production lines.”
The last batch of Arsenal rifles include two models, one with a tubular stock, side optics rail, enhanced pistol grip and thumb safety. The other model features a fixed underfolder-style stock and standard controls and no rail or included muzzle device. Both are built on Bulgarian-made milled forged receivers with chrome-lined hammer-forged barrels. They come equipped with 10-round non-detachable magazines that can be removed with an included tool.
If you’ve been thinking about getting one of these premium AK-pattern rifles your time is growing short.
Arsenal won’t be alone in this. Vendors across the country will be forced to abandon the state for the foreseeable future. Additionally, California uses a roster of approved handguns that’s also rapidly shrinking.
Other parts of California’s new gun control package include background checks on all ammunition sales and a total ban on magazines and magazine components that can hold ten or more rounds of ammunition.
And in the immediate wake of passing this latest gun control package, some California legislators are looking to pass even tougher gun, magazine and ammo bans with the upcoming November ballot. The new legislation, Proposition 63 or the “Safety for All Act” will look to make existing anti-gun laws even harder for voters to repeal.
Proposition 63, led by Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, would amend the state constitution to include the new gun control bills.
The proposed legislation “largely duplicates several of the laws passed by the governor and the legislature,” explains the Fresno Bee. “If approved, Proposition 63 would become part of the state Constitution, thus requiring future voter approval to tweak or eliminate gun control provisions resulting in unintended consequences.”