California DOJ Goes After ‘Featureless’ Rifle Maker Juggernaut Tactical

The California DOJ says Juggernaut’s “Featureless Series” falls within the definition of “assault rifle.”

The California Department of Justice issued a cease-and-desist letter this week to an Orange County gunmaker that it claims is trying to take advantage of a loophole in the state’s “assault weapons” law.

Juggernaut Tactical recently began selling a “Featureless Series” of rifles fitted with what looks like a standard pistol grip. Pistol grips are considered one of the features of an “assault rifle” in California, which are banned in the state.

Two months after receiving notice about Juggernaut Tactical’s new rifles, Attorney General Rob Bonta issued a cease-and-desist letter informing the company that its interpretation of the pistol grip law is incorrect.

“Our assault weapons ban is a landmark piece of legislation that has saved the lives of countless Californians — firearms manufacturers can’t ignore the law simply because it suits their bottom line,” Bonta said. “In California, our firearm regulations were written with the safety of the public and the rights of responsible gun owners in mind. Rather than abide by the law, Juggernaut chose to disregard it by manufacturing and selling a series of illegal assault weapons. Today’s cease-and-desist letter is a warning that we hope is heeded so that no further action becomes necessary.”

GunsAmerica reached out to Juggernaut Tactical but did not receive a response by publication time.

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Juggernaut’s Featureless Series relies on a specific interpretation of California’s definition of “pistol grip.” California law stipulates that a pistol grip is “a grip that allows for a pistol style grasp in which the web of the trigger hand (between the thumb and index finger) can be placed beneath or below the top of the exposed portion of the trigger while firing.”

Juggernaut argues in an explainer posted on its website that Featureless Series rifles are not fitted with pistol grips because the web of the hand is placed above the top exposed portion of the trigger. By lowering the receiver just a few inches, Juggernaut claims to have designed a rifle that is not outfitted with a pistol grip.

“After a deep dive into California’s assault weapon laws and regulations, we feel we’re on pretty solid ground,” the company says on its website.

Not surprisingly, the California DOJ disagrees.

“Juggernaut’s website acknowledges that Juggernaut is trying to effectively rewrite the applicable regulatory definition to make its ‘Featureless Series’ rifles fall outside the definition of an assault weapon,” Luis Lopez, director of the agency’s bureau of firearms, said in the cease-and-desist letter. “Juggernaut’s website makes clear that the justification for the legality of its ‘Featureless Series’ rifles is based on a regulatory definition that Juggernaut wishes existed, as opposed to the one that currently exists in law.”

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Juggernaut argues that the proper interpretation of “can be placed” should be “is intended to be placed.” Since Featureless Series rifles are designed to be used with the web of the hand above the top of the trigger, they believe their rifles fall outside the state’s definition of “assault weapon.”

Bonta is requesting proof of the following, and he makes clear that he won’t exempt Juggernaut customers who have already purchased a Featureless rifle:

  • Stop offering for sale on its website the F-9, F-10, and F-15 rifles;
  • Cancel all pending purchases of the F-9, F-10, and F-15 rifles from its website;
  • Notify anyone who has completed an online purchase of an F-9, F-10, or F-15 rifle and has been delivered the rifle that they are in violation of California law; and
  • Retrieve and recover all F-9, F-10, and F-15 rifles already delivered to any California firearms dealer or any other entity that would sell the rifles in California. 

About the author: Jordan Michaels has been reviewing firearm-related products for over six 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 Tyler. Got a hot tip? Send him an email at jordan@gunsamerica.com.

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  • Ryan Woltering July 1, 2022, 4:23 am

    Good think I discovered and built my ar 10 from them years ago and am leaving for his shity state. I hope global warming swallows the capitol and all the dirt bags with in. Like a previous commenter said. Come and fuckin takem. I’m outa this state in less than 9 days. I hope ca breakers off the continent and sinks to its destruction. Nothing but millionaire libs with machine gun toting security services protect nag them which ca residents pay for whil the rest of us are left to rot. Ca is a disgrace to the constitution I’ll never return.

  • Trevor February 19, 2022, 9:10 am

    The AG made the claim that “this legislation has saved countless lives….” can be or anyone else name a single person who’s life was saved by their infringements? I’ll wait… meanwhile, thousands can be named where no matter what the law was, criminals still murdered them. Imagine that…. who would’ve ever thought that criminals would brake the law…

  • Shanz February 18, 2022, 2:46 pm

    As a California citizen who pays taxes I say stick it up your ass commies. Nobody cares about your unconstitutional scary black rifle ban. Come and take it you fucks.

  • noncompliant February 18, 2022, 8:21 am

    Courts will decide…

  • survivor50 February 16, 2022, 9:56 am

    ” Pistol grips are considered one of the features of an “assault rifle” in California… ”

    SOOO… PISTOLS are now … WHAT exactly ? ASSAULT PISTOLS ? And are THEY now BANNED too ???

    Old Farm boys are sooo confused….

    ( And to think … there used to be only TWO sexes… DAMN !!! I’m OLD !!! )

    • Kevin Walker February 18, 2022, 9:41 am

      Don’t try to make sense of California laws, because they make no sense and surprisingly (to Libtards) criminals don’t obey these useless laws.

      California is a great example of placing the burden of laws, cost and compliance on people who, for the most part, obey the law, are non-violent, etc. Obviously in a sane world, all this wasted time and government resources would be better spent on prosecuting real criminals whom are murdering, raping and destroying the lives of citizens. Going after real criminals is dangerous, expensive and since they are a voting block of the DemoRat Party, counter-productive politically.

      Welcome to the Future

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