Article 8. Miscellaneous Provisions of California Penal Code >> Division 10. >> Title 4. >> Part 6. >> Chapter 2. >> Article 8.
Any individual may arrange in advance to relinquish an
assault weapon or a .50 BMG rifle to a police or sheriff's
department. The assault weapon or .50 BMG rifle shall be transported
in accordance with Sections 16850 and 25610.
(a) No peace officer or dispatcher shall broadcast over a
police radio that an individual has registered, or has obtained a
permit to possess, an assault weapon or .50 BMG rifle pursuant to
this chapter, unless there exists a reason to believe in good faith
that one of the following conditions exist:
(1) The individual has engaged, or may be engaged, in criminal
(2) The police are responding to a call in which the person
allegedly committing a criminal violation may gain access to the
assault weapon or .50 BMG rifle.
(3) The victim, witness, or person who reported the alleged
criminal violation may be using the assault weapon or .50 BMG rifle
to hold the person allegedly committing the criminal violation, or
may be using the weapon in defense of self or another person.
(b) This section shall not prohibit a peace officer or dispatcher
from broadcasting over a police radio that an individual has not
registered, or has not obtained a permit to possess, an assault
weapon or .50 BMG rifle pursuant to this chapter.
(c) This section does not limit the transmission of an assault
weapon or a .50 BMG rifle ownership status via law enforcement
computers or any other medium that is legally accessible only to
peace officers or other authorized personnel.
(a) Except as provided in subdivision (b), the Department of
Justice shall, for every person to whom a permit is issued pursuant
to this article, annually conduct an inspection for security and safe
storage purposes, and to reconcile the inventory of assault weapons.
(b) A person, firm, or corporation with an inventory of fewer than
five devices that require any Department of Justice permit shall be
subject to an inspection for security and safe storage purposes, and
to reconcile inventory, once every five years, or more frequently if
determined by the department.
(a) The Department of Justice shall conduct a public
education and notification program regarding the registration of
assault weapons and the definition of the weapons set forth in
Section 30515 and former Section 12276.1, as it read at any time from
when it was added by Section 7 of Chapter 129 of the Statutes of
1999 to when it was repealed by the Deadly Weapons Recodification Act
(b) The public education and notification program shall include
outreach to local law enforcement agencies and utilization of public
service announcements in a variety of media approaches, to ensure
maximum publicity of the limited forgiveness period of the
registration requirement specified in subdivision (f) of former
Section 12285, as that subdivision read in Section 5 of Chapter 954
of the Statutes of 1991, and the consequences of nonregistration. The
department shall develop posters describing gunowners'
responsibilities under former Chapter 2.3 (commencing with Section
12275) of Title 2 of Part 4, as that chapter read when the
forgiveness period commenced on January 1, 1992, which shall be
posted in a conspicuous place in every licensed gun store in the
state during the forgiveness period.
(c) For .50 BMG rifles, the department's education campaign shall
provide materials to dealers of .50 BMG rifles, and to recognized
national associations that specialize in .50 BMG rifles.
(d) Any costs incurred by the Department of Justice to implement
this section, which cannot be absorbed by the department, shall be
funded from the Dealers' Record of Sale Special Account, as set forth
in Section 28235, or former Section 12076 as it read at any time
from when it was amended by Section 1.7 of Chapter 954 of the
Statutes of 1991 to when it was repealed by Section 12 of Chapter 606
of the Statutes of 1993, or former Section 12076 as it read at any
time from when it was enacted by Section 13 of Chapter 606 of the
Statutes of 1993 to when it was repealed by the Deadly Weapons
Recodification Act of 2010, upon appropriation by the Legislature.