The California legislature passed a bill this year requiring people subject to “red flag” orders to surrender “firearm precursor parts” along with their functioning firearms.
The bill, AB 1057, is part of a larger effort within the gun ban movement to marginalize and vilify those who build their own firearms at home. Now, anyone subject to a red flag confiscation order or a domestic violence restraining order will be forced to surrender gun parts such as unfinished receivers, which the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives does not consider to be “firearms.”
“The Texas High School shooting this week is a stark reminder that we need to do everything in our control to close dangerous loopholes in our gun safety laws,” said the bill’s primary sponsor, Assemblywoman Cottie Petrie-Norris. “I am proud to share that #AB1057 was signed by the @CAgovernor today & will strengthen CA’s gun protective orders.”
The Texas High School shooting this week is a stark reminder that we need to do everything in our control to close dangerous loopholes in our gun safety laws.— Assemblywoman Cottie Petrie-Norris (@AsmCottie) October 9, 2021
I am proud to share that #AB1057 was signed by the @CAgovernor today & will strengthen CA’s gun protective orders. https://t.co/Lih9EThbQ0 pic.twitter.com/sKEAmOQPlT
The bill redefines “firearm” in the red flag and domestic violence laws to include “firearm precursor part” as defined in subdivision (a) of Section 16531 of the Penal Code. According to this section of the Penal Code, a “precursor part” is an “unfinished receiver” of a semi-automatic rifle or an “unfinished handgun frame.”
The law does not explain at what point a product reaches a state of manufacture to be considered an “unfinished frame.” As others have noted, virtually anything could be considered an “unfinished frame or receiver” given the advancement of 3D printing technology.
California’s red flag law is among the most draconian in the nation. It allows not only law enforcement and family to request a confiscation order but also co-workers, educators, and employers. Guns can be seized immediately without a hearing or a trial.
When that hearing does take place, a judge can confiscate a person’s firearms, ammunition, and magazines for up to five years (most state laws only allow guns to be seized for one year without another hearing).
This latest addition to the state’s red flag law was passed through both chambers with zero opposition.