Chapter 4. Prohibited Armed Persons File of California Penal Code >> Division 9. >> Title 4. >> Part 6. >> Chapter 4.
(a) The Attorney General shall establish and maintain an
online database to be known as the Prohibited Armed Persons File. The
purpose of the file is to cross-reference persons who have ownership
or possession of a firearm on or after January 1, 1996, as indicated
by a record in the Consolidated Firearms Information System, and
who, subsequent to the date of that ownership or possession of a
firearm, fall within a class of persons who are prohibited from
owning or possessing a firearm.
(b) The information contained in the Prohibited Armed Persons File
shall only be available to those entities specified in, and pursuant
to, subdivision (b) or (c) of Section 11105, through the California
Law Enforcement Telecommunications System, for the purpose of
determining if persons are armed and prohibited from possessing
The Prohibited Armed Persons File database shall function as
(a) Upon entry into the Automated Criminal History System of a
disposition for a conviction of any felony, a conviction for any
firearms-prohibiting charge specified in Chapter 2 (commencing with
Section 29800), a conviction for an offense described in Chapter 3
(commencing with Section 29900), a firearms prohibition pursuant to
Section 8100 or 8103 of the Welfare and Institutions Code, or any
firearms possession prohibition identified by the federal National
Instant Criminal Background Check System, the Department of Justice
shall determine if the subject has an entry in the Consolidated
Firearms Information System indicating possession or ownership of a
firearm on or after January 1, 1996, or an assault weapon
registration, or a .50 BMG rifle registration.
(b) Upon an entry into any department automated information system
that is used for the identification of persons who are prohibited by
state or federal law from acquiring, owning, or possessing firearms,
the department shall determine if the subject has an entry in the
Consolidated Firearms Information System indicating ownership or
possession of a firearm on or after January 1, 1996, or an assault
weapon registration, or a .50 BMG rifle registration.
(c) If the department determines that, pursuant to subdivision (a)
or (b), the subject has an entry in the Consolidated Firearms
Information System indicating possession or ownership of a firearm on
or after January 1, 1996, or an assault weapon registration, or a .
50 BMG rifle registration, the following information shall be entered
into the Prohibited Armed Persons File:
(1) The subject's name.
(2) The subject's date of birth.
(3) The subject's physical description.
(4) Any other identifying information regarding the subject that
is deemed necessary by the Attorney General.
(5) The basis of the firearms possession prohibition.
(6) A description of all firearms owned or possessed by the
subject, as reflected by the Consolidated Firearms Information
The Attorney General shall provide investigative assistance
to local law enforcement agencies to better ensure the investigation
of individuals who are armed and prohibited from possessing a
(a) The sum of twenty-four million dollars ($24,000,000) is
hereby appropriated from the Dealers' Record of Sale Special Account
of the General Fund to the Department of Justice to address the
backlog in the Armed Prohibited Persons System (APPS) and the illegal
possession of firearms by those prohibited persons.
(b) No later than March 1, 2015, and no later than March 1 each
year thereafter, the department shall report to the Joint Legislative
Budget Committee all of the following for the immediately preceding
(1) The degree to which the backlog in the APPS has been reduced
(2) The number of agents hired for enforcement of the APPS.
(3) The number of people cleared from the APPS.
(4) The number of people added to the APPS.
(5) The number of people in the APPS before and after the relevant
reporting period, including a breakdown of why each person in the
APPS is prohibited from possessing a firearm.
(6) The number of firearms recovered due to enforcement of the
(7) The number of contacts made during the APPS enforcement
(8) Information regarding task forces or collaboration with local
law enforcement on reducing the APPS backlog.
(c) (1) The requirement for submitting a report imposed under
subdivision (b) is inoperative on March 1, 2019, pursuant to Section
10231.5 of the Government Code.
(2) A report to be submitted pursuant to subdivision (b) shall be
submitted in compliance with Section 9795 of the Government Code.