15 New Gun Laws in California: Expanded Confiscation Orders, Pricier CCW Permits & More

California Gov. Gavin Newsom with lawmakers on Friday discussing the various gun-control bills he signed into law. (Photo: ABC10.com/Youtube)

California Gov. Gavin Newsom signed 15 bills into law last week that will, in part, expand the state’s confiscatory red-flag program and further restrict the lawful transfer of firearms and firearm parts.  

“Gun violence is an epidemic in this country, one that’s been enflamed by the inaction of politicians in Washington,” said Gov. Newsom on Friday in a statement obtained by GunsAmerica.  

“While Washington has refused to act on even the most basic gun safety reforms, California is once again leading the nation in passing meaningful gun safety reforms,” he continued. 

The full raft of measures is listed below but the main takeaways are as follows: 

Teachers, coworkers, employers, and employees will now have the power to “red flag” a gun owner they believe is a threat to themselves or others.  Prior to this legislation, only family members, spouses, and police could request a gun-seizure order.

Additionally, the state increased the period for which a red flag order is valid.  Under the new law, one can have their gun rights revoked for a maximum of five years as opposed to just 12 months.  

On the gun sales front, no one under the age of 21 will be allowed to purchase a centerfire semiautomatic rifle.  Moreover, all citizens will be limited to purchasing one (centerfire) semiautomatic rifle per month.  

Private sales and transfers will also be affected.  Gun owners who do not possess an FFL will be limited to five transactions or 50 firearms per year.  

Permits to carry concealed firearms will likely increase as the $100 max on fees has been uncapped.  Moving forward, municipalities may charge a “fee sufficient to cover the reasonable costs of processing, issuing and enforcement of the license…” whatever that amount may be.  

Finally, the state will impose restrictions on the sale of 80 percent lowers starting in 2024.  Sellers of these parts will need to obtain a license and all prospective purchasers will need to pass a background check.

Strengthening gun violence restraining orders

AB 12 by Assemblymember Jacqui Irwin (D-Thousand Oaks) extends the duration of a gun violence restraining order (GVRO) to a maximum of five years.

AB 61 by Assemblymember Philip Ting (D-San Francisco) allows an employer, coworker, or an employee or teacher to file a petition requesting a gun violence restraining order.

AB 164 by Assemblymember Sabrina Cervantes (D-Riverside) holds any person subject to a valid restraining order, injunction, or protective order issued out of state to the same restrictions on buying or possessing firearms in California as they are under in the state where the order or injunction is operative.

AB 339 by Assemblymember Jacqui Irwin (D-Thousand Oaks) requires law enforcement agencies to develop and adopt written policies and standards regarding the use of gun violence restraining orders.

AB 1493 by Assemblymember Philip Ting (D-San Francisco) authorizes a person who is the subject of a gun violence restraining order to petition to submit a form to the court voluntarily relinquishing their firearm rights.

Regulating firearms sales

SB 61 by Senator Anthony Portantino (D-La Cañada Flintridge) prohibits the sale of a semiautomatic centerfire rifle to any person under 21 years of age, and applications to purchase more than one semiautomatic centerfire rifle in any 30-day period, with a few exceptions.

SB 376 by Senator Anthony Portantino (D-La Cañada Flintridge) prevents individuals from selling large numbers of firearms without a license by capping the number of annual sales at five transactions or 50 firearms.

AB 645 by Assemblymember Jacqui Irwin (D-Thousand Oaks) requires packaging for firearms to contain a warning statement on suicide prevention.

AB 879 by Assemblymember Mike Gipson (D-Carson) requires, starting in 2024, that the sale of firearms precursor parts be conducted through a licensed firearms precursor part vendor.

AB 1669 by Assemblymember Rob Bonta (D-Alameda) updates existing law by applying the same gun show regulations that already apply to firearms dealers to ammunition vendors, and ensures that sufficient funding is available for firearm regulatory efforts.

AB 1297 by Assemblymember Kevin McCarty (D-Sacramento) requires any local authority issuing concealed firearm licenses to charge an applicant a fee sufficient to cover the reasonable costs of processing, issuing and enforcement of the license, and eliminates the existing $100 limit on processing fees for concealed firearm licenses.

AB 893 by Assemblymember Todd Gloria (D-San Diego) prohibits the sale of firearms and ammunitions at the Del Mar Fairgrounds in the County of San Diego, the City of Del Mar, the City of San Diego.

Additional legislation

AB 1548 by Assemblymember Jesse Gabriel (D-Encino) codifies the California State Nonprofit Security Grant Program to improve the physical security of nonprofit organizations that are at high risk of violent attacks or hate crimes due to ideology, beliefs, or mission.

AB 1603 by Assemblymember Buffy Wicks (D-Oakland) codifies the California Violence Intervention and Prevention Grant Program to help reduce violence in communities that are disproportionately impacted by violence.

AB 521 by Assemblymember Marc Berman (D-Palo Alto) requires, with the adoption of a resolution by the University of California, the UC Firearm Violence Research Center at the University of California, Davis to develop multifaceted education and training programs for medical and mental health providers on the prevention of firearm-related injury and death.

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About the author: S.H. Blannelberry is the News Editor of GunsAmerica.

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  • AC February 19, 2021, 5:17 am

    So unconstitutional and just plain unfair to the citizens of this free country. 2a is being s**t on as we speak and not being upheld as it is suppose to be. Newsom needs to go. I hope the recall goes through and get rid of this no good joker. He has no business being in any powerful office of government. If you in that place then uphold the constitution and what it stands for. Be a real American or gtfo of here.

  • J. Stadler November 18, 2019, 4:04 pm

    These so called laws from a state which has considerably more serious problems than these firearms issues. The inadequacies of the state government and it elected Party members is possibly best highlighted by it inability to differentiate between semi automatic tiles and military assault rifles. It must take a large village in California to educate an elected official as to the obvious difference between fully automatic and semi automatic. It is no wonder the constitution of the United States is so challenging to their law remakes. Protect a law breaker and take private property from their tax payers. Hitler and his followers would be happy/ stunned their way of dealing with the un enlightened has found a way to resurrect itself in ten 21st century!! Sad commentary on learning from historical mistakes.

  • Adolf S. October 22, 2019, 10:42 am

    I left Kali in mid 2001, because of all the BS. I was working as a Engineer and was unable to afford to work there!

  • Mike Watkins October 18, 2019, 2:45 pm

    California. Ah, yes, one of those states that allows the homeless to defecate on public sidewalks.

    No one with any sense would stay there any longer than it takes to sell their stuff and get on a bus.

  • WEDGE October 18, 2019, 1:36 pm

    When elected “leaders” fail to follow the rule of law themselves by enacting unConstitutional mandates, it is they who are not abiding the law. For the citizen to follow such writ, to comply in their illegal schemes, is in effect being unlawful ourselves. Resistance to this tyranny is obedience to God and country.

  • Brian October 18, 2019, 12:30 pm

    Every one of these “laws,” which are unconstitutional and violate several of the Amendments of the Bill of Rights other than the 2nd Amendment, are aimed solely at law-abiding gun owners, not thugs and criminals. Kalifornia Democrats hate the Constitution and see it as a threat to the Democratic agenda they wish to force on American citizens. “This is Kalifornia, we don’t pay much attention to the Constitution!”

  • Dave Berent October 18, 2019, 10:21 am

    AB 879 by Assemblymember Mike Gipson (D-Carson) requires, starting in 2024, that the sale of firearms precursor parts be conducted through a licensed firearms precursor part vendor.

    I hope other states will see this law as the BS that it is and will continue to mail order gun parts to California as they have done in the past.

  • SuperG October 16, 2019, 10:24 am

    What else can you say but Sieg Heil? It seems to be apropos. To be able to strip you of your Constitutional rights, without Due Process, is something the Fascists loved to do. All based on hearsay, no less. And still, the great protector of our Constitution, the DOJ, does nothing about it.

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