Article 3. Prohibitions And Requirements Applicable To Licensee of California Penal Code >> Division 7. >> Title 4. >> Part 6. >> Chapter 2. >> Article 3.
A licensee shall comply with the prohibitions and
requirements described in this article.
The business of a licensee shall be conducted only in the
buildings designated in the license.
A licensee shall display the license or a copy thereof,
certified by the department, on the premises where it can easily be
(a) Whenever a licensee discovers that a firearm has been
stolen or is missing from the licensee's premises, the licensee shall
report the loss or theft within 48 hours of the discovery to all of
(1) The Department of Justice, in a manner prescribed by the
(2) The federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and
(3) The police department in the city or city and county where the
building designated in the license is located.
(4) If there is no police department in the city or city and
county where the building designated in the license is located, the
sheriff of the county where the building designated in the license is
(b) For at least 10 years, the licensee shall maintain records of
all firearms that are lost or stolen, as prescribed by the Department
(a) A licensee shall require that each employee obtain a
certificate of eligibility pursuant to Section 26710, which shall be
renewed annually, before being allowed to come into contact with any
(b) A licensee shall prohibit any employee who the licensee knows
or reasonably should know is prohibited by state or federal law from
possessing, receiving, owning, or purchasing a firearm from coming
into contact with any firearm.
(a) Each firearm a licensee manufactures in this state shall
be identified with a unique serial number stamped onto the firearm
utilizing the method of compression stamping.
(b) Licensed manufacturers who produce fewer than 500 firearms in
a calendar year within this state may serialize long guns only by
utilizing a method of compression stamping or by engraving the serial
number onto the firearm.
(c) The licensee shall stamp the serial number onto the firearm
within one business day of the time the frame or receiver is
(d) The licensee shall not use the same serial number for more
than one firearm.
(a) A licensee shall record the type, model, caliber, or
gauge, and serial number of each firearm manufactured or acquired,
and the date of the manufacture or acquisition, within one business
day of the manufacture or acquisition.
(b) The licensee shall maintain permanently within the building
designated in the license the records required pursuant to
(c) Backup copies of the records described in subdivision (a),
whether electronic or hard copy, shall be made at least once a month.
These backup records shall be maintained in a facility separate from
the one in which the primary records are stored.
(a) A licensee shall allow the department to inspect the
building designated in the license to ensure compliance with the
requirements of this chapter.
(b) A licensee shall allow any peace officer, authorized law
enforcement employee, or Department of Justice employee designated by
the Attorney General, upon the presentation of proper
identification, to inspect facilities and records during business
hours to ensure compliance with the requirements of this chapter.
A licensee shall store in a secure facility all firearms
manufactured and all barrels for firearms manufactured.
Except as otherwise provided in Section 29142, as used in
this chapter, "secure facility" means that the facility satisfies all
of the following:
(a) The facility is equipped with a burglar alarm with central
(b) All perimeter entries to areas in which firearms are stored
other than doors, including windows and skylights, are secured with
steel window guards or an audible, silent, or sonic alarm to detect
(c) All perimeter doorways are designed in one of the following
(1) A windowless steel security door equipped with both a deadbolt
and a doorknob lock.
(2) A windowed metal door equipped with both a deadbolt and a
doorknob lock. If the window has an opening of five inches or more
measured in any direction, the window is covered with steel bars of
at least one-half inch diameter or metal grating of at least nine
gauge affixed to the exterior or interior of the door.
(3) A metal grate that is padlocked and affixed to the licensee's
premises independent of the door and doorframe.
(4) Hinges and hasps attached to doors by welding, riveting, or
bolting with nuts on the inside of the door.
(5) Hinges and hasps installed so that they cannot be removed when
the doors are closed and locked.
(d) Heating, ventilating, air-conditioning, and service openings
are secured with steel bars, metal grating, or an alarm system.
(e) No perimeter metal grates are capable of being entered by any
(f) Steel bars used to satisfy the requirements of this section
are not capable of being entered by any person.
(g) Perimeter walls of rooms in which firearms are stored are
constructed of concrete or at least 10-gauge expanded steel wire mesh
utilized along with typical wood frame and drywall construction. If
firearms are not stored in a vault, the facility shall use an
exterior security-type door along with a high security, single-key
deadbolt, or other door that is more secure. All firearms shall be
stored in a separate room away from any general living area or work
area. Any door to the storage facility shall be locked while
(h) Perimeter doorways, including the loading dock area, are
locked at all times when not attended by paid employees or contracted
employees, including security guards.
(i) Except when a firearm is currently being tested, any
ammunition on the premises is removed from all manufactured guns and
stored in a separate and locked room, cabinet, or box away from the
storage area for the firearms. Ammunition may be stored with a weapon
only in a locked safe.
(a) For purposes of this chapter, any licensed manufacturer
who produces fewer than 500 firearms in a calendar year within this
state may maintain a "secure facility" by complying with all of the
requirements described in Section 29141, or may design a security
plan that is approved by the Department of Justice or the federal
Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
(b) If a security plan is approved by the federal Bureau of
Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the approved plan, along
with proof of approval, shall be filed with the Department of Justice
and the local police department. If there is no police department,
the filing shall be with the county sheriff's office.
(c) If a security plan is approved by the Department of Justice,
the approved plan, along with proof of approval, shall be filed with
the local police department. If there is no police department, the
filing shall be with the county sheriff's office.
(a) A licensee shall notify the chief of police or other
head of the municipal police department in the city or city and
county where the building designated in the license is located that
the licensee is manufacturing firearms within that city or city and
county and the location of the licensed premises.
(b) If there is no police department in the city or city and
county where the building designated in the license is located, the
licensee shall notify the sheriff of the county where the building
designated in the license is located that the licensee is
manufacturing firearms within that county and the location of the