The anti-gun czars of California have won. Their draconian gun laws are rolling out as we speak and today, Dec. 21st, is the last day that Golden State resident have to lawfully purchase AR-platform rifles equipped with a “bullet button.”
A bullet button is a mechanical lock that prevents detachable magazines from releasing without a key or other tool—including the tip of a bullet—effectively converting a detachable magazine into a fixed magazine.
Bullet buttons and other similar devices were a popular and cost-effective way for Californians to make their modern rifles compliant with state law prior to the passage of SB 880 and AB 1135, which, signed into law over the summer, outlaws their existence starting Jan. 1, 2017.
Since California residents must undergo a 10-day waiting period, known as the DROS (Dealer Record of Sale) process, the purchase must be made today, Dec. 21st, so that the buyer can receive their firearm on Dec. 31st, before the ban kicks in and bullet-button rifles are officially considered “assault rifles” under California law.
But wait, it gets worse.
Last week, the California Dept. of Justice released “emergency regulations” with respect to standard capacity magazines holding more than 10 rounds.
“There are likely hundreds of thousands of large-capacity magazines in California at this time,” said the DOJ in its decree. “In recent years, there has been an increase in these types of firearms on the market. The Department therefore expects many gun owners to be affected by the new ban.”
The California DOJ has new requirements for obtaining and maintaining a “large capacity magazine permit,” new guidelines for addressing magazine conversion kits, new requirements for how one must “permanently alter” a magazine to accept no more than 10 rounds and new rules for the transfer and possession of multi-tube shotgun platforms.
Yeah, it’s nuts! As my friend Alan Korwin rightly points out, making legal firearms and firearm accessories illegal is infringement! There’re no two ways about it. Since injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere, this ought to put all gun owners on guard, not just those unfortunates who reside in Cali.
California residents: check out the DOJ’s “Finding of Emergency” decree if you want to ensure you’re adhering to the new regulations. Or, an even better idea, contact the czars and tell them to stick these ridiculous regulations where the sun don’t shine!!!