California to Give Gun Owners New 90-Day Window to Register ‘Assault Weapons’

California AG Xavier Becerra presided over a disastrous “assault weapon” registration in 2018. (Photo: Xavier Becerra Facebook)

The state of California has agreed in a settlement to provide another 90-day window to allow gun owners to register their legally owned “assault weapons.”

Gun-rights groups argued in a lawsuit that the state’s registration website was down for much of the week prior to the previous deadline, which put thousands of gun owners in legal jeopardy. Gun owners who tried but failed to register their “bullet button” semi-automatic rifles due to technical difficulties will not be prosecuted for missing the previous July 1, 2018, deadline, according to the settlement.

“We’ve always believed that this was about giving gun owners a reasonable opportunity to comply with the law and not be made felons at the stroke of midnight because the State couldn’t operate a website,” noted George M. Lee, an attorney for the pro-gun side. “With the Court’s approval, the injunction will afford significant legal protections for possibly tens of thousands of gun owners.”

The Second Amendment Foundation also celebrated the win.

“It’s fair to say our lawsuit prevented guns from being banned and confiscated, and their owners from being prosecuted,” said Second Amendment Foundation founder and executive vice president Alan M. Gottlieb.

As GunsAmerica reported at the time, hundreds of individuals contacted gun-rights groups in the wake of the July 1st deadline. Some reported constant crashes and errors while using the California Firearms Application Reporting System (CFARS), and others reported being granted access to personal information that did not belong to them.

SEE ALSO: Exclusive: Public Records Prove California Gun Registration Was a Total Disaster

A total of 6,213 individuals successfully registered 13,519 “assault weapons” before the deadline. Franklin Armory’s Jay Jacobson said at the time he was “stunned that the number is so low.”

California has not yet announced when the 90-day window will begin, but they agreed in the settlement to accept online as well as paper registrations.

Now gun-rights groups in California are turning their attention to a much more momentous cause: overturning the “assault weapon” ban entirely.

“With this important agreement to protect the rights, liberty, and property of California gun owners behind us, we now look forward to striking down the State’s ban on so-called ‘assault weapons’ and restoring Second Amendment rights through our Miller lawsuit, other actives cases, and future litigation,” said the Firearm Policy Coalition’s Senior Director of Legal Operations, Adam Kraut.

SEE ALSO: Federal Judge Rules California Ammo Background Check Law Unconstitutional

Filed in 2019, Miller v. Becerra would overturn California’s ban on commonly-owned semi-automatic firearms. U.S. District Judge Roger Benitez secured the case last year after striking down the state’s “high-capacity” magazine ban and the state’s requirement to pass a background check before purchasing ammunition.

Anti-gun groups were livid when Judge Benitez was assigned the case while gun-rights groups are hopeful that he’ll hand down a favorable ruling.

To read all the terms of the latest settlement, click here.

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About the author: Jordan Michaels has been reviewing firearm-related products for over four years and enjoying them for much longer. With family in Canada, he’s seen first hand how quickly the right to self-defense can be stripped from law-abiding citizens. He escaped that statist paradise at a young age, married a sixth-generation Texan, and currently lives in Waco. Follow him on Instagram @bornforgoodluck and email him at jordan@gunsamerica.com.

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  • Stan d. Upnow March 27, 2021, 11:13 pm

    So, we know there are at least 6,213 stupid individuals who registered 13,519 “assault weapons.” These naive fools can now sit back and wait for the 3am SWAT team raid at their home in order to confiscate their soon-to-be-banned guns. So much for their slogan “To Serve & Protect.”

  • Ed March 27, 2021, 10:38 am

    Californians should overwhelm the system by registering their assault cars, scissors, cooking knives, pencils, baseball bats, etc. Anything that could be used as a weapon to commit assault.

  • etph March 27, 2021, 1:24 am

    In 1931 “The Weimar Republic’s well-intentioned gun registry became a tool for evil…The government’s response was to substantially tighten up restrictions on the rights of German citizens to keep and bear arms…enacted by a left-center government hostile to the National Socialists.” The gun registry easily facilitated Hitler’s gun confiscation 2 years later.

  • Walleye March 26, 2021, 10:24 pm

    Sadly, all of my firearms were tragically lost in a horrific boating accident many miles off shore whilst whale-spotting one afternoon many moons ago.

    • Stan d. Upnow March 27, 2021, 11:21 pm

      That’s a good one! And I’m sure the 16 officers ripping your walls and floors apart will laugh all the while they’re destroying your house looking for all those “lost” guns.

  • David Welsh March 26, 2021, 9:48 pm

    Politicians need to register as foreign agents. Anyone who complies with tyranny is as bad as the enemy.

  • Billybob March 26, 2021, 8:52 pm

    IF… you “Register” your guns, they will know WHO has them and WHERE they all are.
    IF… you DO NOT, they Will NOT know. It’s Really That Simple !!!
    NOTE: When you buy a gun, the “Background Check” they do DOES NOT Register your gun. It ONLY checks IF you are… Mentally Deficient, an Ex-Con, a Felon, or have any Outstanding Charges or Warrants, are a Drug User or Addict, etc.
    The Feds or ATF does NOT even know you have a gun. The ONLY way they could FIND that information, is to Subpoena ALL gun Sales Receipts from EVERY gun Dealer in the country. And there is NO record of Private Sales between Private Parties.
    Sooo… WHY would any sane person Volunteer this information ???
    The Guvmint wants it to make it Easy to Confiscate your guns in a couple years, or whenever they are ready.
    IGNORE all this Saber Rattling… ANY Law that is passed that Goes Against our 2nd Amendment, is Automatically Null and Void.

    • Ron S Platt April 1, 2021, 3:24 pm

      If you think it’s time to hide your guns you’re wrong it’s time to use your guns the founding fathers said it’s not just your right but your duty stand up to tyranny

  • Rich A foreman March 26, 2021, 8:15 pm

    Absolutely No!. This is an attempt in stepa to degun Americans. Pay attention closely.
    Registration is same as your car. That title never goes away. And they know where it is and every change on the title. With guns. The registration is none of the gov business under the 2nd. An american have the right to own a legally purchased gun for hunting, recreation and self defense to protect their home and family. America its time to wake up unless you want to live under China communist regulations. Because this Administration is heading straight there w every executive order he Signs. They lie to our face and dont care if we know it or not.Get some cahunas and stand up for the life your forefathers fought so hard for us to be able to live. Do not agree to register your legal owned firearms. Fight for your Freedom, America and your Constitutional Rights under Law!.

  • Shanz March 26, 2021, 7:10 pm

    Nope!

  • Randy March 26, 2021, 7:09 pm

    It’s a good thing an AR-15 isn’t an assault weapon.

  • Rick L Son March 26, 2021, 5:13 pm

    Of course all dems are corrupt.BUT NOT FOR LONG !!! Trump is getting impatient.

  • Rick L Son March 26, 2021, 5:12 pm

    Isn’t that guy corrupt as hell,we almost got him out of office not long ago in Ca.

  • Big Al 45 March 26, 2021, 4:49 pm

    Didn’t the Nazi’s start with a ‘registration’?

  • Terry J Reeder March 26, 2021, 2:48 pm

    As Sleepy Joe likes to say “here’s the deal”! We will let you off the hook now if you register your weapons, all is forgiven.

    Two years from now they will outlaw said weapons and you’ve put your name on thje list.

    Just say no.

  • Al March 26, 2021, 11:52 am

    Article: “We’ve always believed that this was about giving gun owners a reasonable opportunity to comply with the law and not be made felons at the stroke of midnight because the State couldn’t operate a website,” noted George M. Lee, an attorney for the pro-gun side. “With the Court’s approval, the injunction will afford significant legal protections for possibly tens of thousands of gun owners.”

    Free Man: ““We’ve always believed that this was about giving politicians and corrupt courts a reasonable opportunity to comply with the Constitution and Bill of Rights and not be made felons at the stroke of midnight because the State couldn’t do anything right,” noted John Citizen, an ‘average Joe’ for the American citizen side. A foolish sheeple attorney said, “With the Court’s approval, the injunction will afford significant legal protections for possibly tens of thousands of gun owners.” A free man responded, ” I need no court’s approval. On my God given rights, at their peril shall they INFRINGE”!

  • The Corrupt DOJ March 26, 2021, 10:47 am

    In a word…”No”

  • FirstStateMark March 26, 2021, 10:13 am

    There is no such thing as an “assault weapon”. That’s just a political bullshit phrase to make a rifle sound more deadly. Like the gun will start shooting people on its own. Some jackass democrat looked at an AR15 and got scared.

    • Gopher Baroque March 26, 2021, 10:47 am

      Laws typically include definitions of key terms for use in applying that law. In Washington State, we now have a law about “assault weapons” including a handy definition that includes just about every non-single shot rifle.

  • Scary Black Rifle March 26, 2021, 8:37 am

    Last one out of California, please turn off the lights

    • Phillip DeWitt March 26, 2021, 8:54 am

      Democrats don’t care how many people leave NY or California as they have a big inventory of new illegal voters waiting at the border to take there place.

      • Marty Petersons March 26, 2021, 3:48 pm

        “Truer words never spoken”

        With the disaster at the Border and the Biden Policy of “Taking One and All” with an unprecedented surge of

        illegals, please remember this will be the new voters if HR1 goes through, with no requirement for voter I.D.

  • Blasted Cap March 26, 2021, 7:24 am

    With the way the California Government works, they’ll use the new registrations as evidence that the guns weren’t registered under the old law and prosecute anyway.

  • AR Libertarian March 26, 2021, 7:22 am

    Kind of a catch 22 isn’t it?

    Don’t comply and be a criminal, or comply and wait for the inevitable confiscation/surrender order in a few years.

    I’m not sure you’d call this a victory.

  • Shena March 26, 2021, 6:42 am

    Since there is no such thing as an ASSAULT weapon we can all ignore this ignorant mandate.

    • JOHN YUZAMAS March 26, 2021, 9:04 am

      I agree and the gun industry and gun owners need to stop using that term.

  • Greg57 March 26, 2021, 6:08 am

    NY tried this in 2013. Nobody abided, but the dims felt better.

  • Rich K. March 26, 2021, 4:33 am

    And if the owners are smart, the will STILL refuse to comply.

  • chicagopizza March 26, 2021, 4:32 am

    Gee, the great rulers of Kaliforniastan are sure kind hearted, generous, compassionate, and understanding towards their lowly subjects! What a wonderful place to exist:(

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