Legislators “gut and amend” a budget bill to extent the registration deadline from December 31, 2017 to June 30, 2018
Under current law, the period for registering firearms that have been newly designated as “assault weapons” by laws passed in 2016 runs from January 1, 2017 to December 31, 2017. But so far, the California Department of Justice (DOJ) has failed to set up the process to register firearms meeting the new definition of “assault weapon,” and it seems they now admit that they can’t get it done on time. So DOJ wants 2.6 million dollars just to get it done later.
Regulations that would set up the “assault weapon” registration process (in addition to regulations unrelated to registration) were only recently submitted by the DOJ to the Office of Administrative Law (“OAL”) (the state agency who reviews proposed regulations and oversees the process by which state agencies create regulations). OAL is reviewing the regulations, and if OAL accepts them, Californians (under the current law) would have about 6 months (until 12/31/17) to register their firearms as “assault weapons.”
Since DOJ won’t be able to handle the “assault weapon” registration paperwork and workload on that schedule, DOJ is seeking a legislative change to extend the “assault weapon” registration deadline until June 30, 2018, and a 2.6 million dollar budget allocation to fund the process.
The legislature appears ready to pass a law extending the registration deadline and to give DOJ the money.
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