Gun law in California changes 1jan2015

SACRAMENTO – The new year brings a tougher gun law changing the kinds of guns that can be purchased in California.

Current laws allow gun shop owners to convert a semiautomatic handgun – not on the state’s approved roster – to fire single-shot only through the use of a magazine plug and extended barrel.

In July, Governor Brown signed Assembly Bill 1964 – a law banning the sale of single-shot handguns that can be altered into semi-automatic weapons.

“The restriction is not on the purchaser or owner, it’s on the dealer. There is nothing that says you can’t own a handgun not on the approved roster, it says a dealer can’t sell it,” said Big Shot store manager Steven Rubert.

Rubert added that the new change would make a number of the guns in their inventory partially useless.

“We are either going to need to sell online or out of state to purchasers who live in a state where it would be legal for them to own it or law enforcement officers which we have a lot here in San Diego,” said Rubert.

The legislation’s sponsor, Assemblyman Roger Dickinson (D-Sacramento), contends that as many as 18,000 of what he terms “unsafe” single-shot handguns were transferred in the state in 2013, and his bill, now signed into law would halt this practice.

However many like Rubert, argue that it simply makes for tougher business for California gun shops.

“What it basically means is that we have a shrinking number of guns we are allowed to sell in California,” said Rubert. “There is nothing that makes these guns anymore dangerous to their users or in a defensive situation.


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