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.
Assemblyman Roger Dickinson (D-Sacramento), who sponsored the legislation, told Guns.com that as many as 18,000 “unsafe” single-shot handguns were transferred in California in 2013 and his bill would halt the 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. It really comes down to will the manufacturers put down the money to have their firearms approved for sale in California.”
Rubert added that manufacturers like Ruger and Smith & Wesson are pulling out of the California market due to the restrictions in our laws.
The new law is set to go into effect January 1, 2015.