Chapter 1. Miscellaneous Reports And Publications of California Penal Code >> Division 12. >> Title 4. >> Part 6. >> Chapter 1.
The Attorney General shall provide the Legislature on or
before April 15 of each year, commencing in 1998, a written report on
the specific types of firearms used in the commission of crimes
based upon information obtained from state and local crime
laboratories. The report shall include all of the following
information regarding crimes in which firearms were used:
(a) A description of the relative occurrence of firearms most
frequently used in the commission of violent crimes, distinguishing
whether the firearms used were handguns, rifles, shotguns, assault
weapons, or other related types of weapons.
(b) A description of specific types of firearms that are used in
homicides or street gang and drug trafficking crimes.
(c) The frequency with which stolen firearms were used in the
commission of the crimes.
(d) The frequency with which fully automatic firearms were used in
the commission of the crimes.
(e) Any trends of importance such as those involving specialized
ammunition or firearms modifications, such as conversion to a fully
automatic weapon, removal of serial number, shortening of barrel, or
use of a suppressor.
(a) The Department of Justice shall prepare a pamphlet that
summarizes California firearms laws as they pertain to persons other
than law enforcement officers or members of the armed services.
(b) The pamphlet shall include the following matters:
(1) Lawful possession.
(2) Licensing procedures.
(3) Transportation and use of firearms.
(4) Acquisition of hunting licenses.
(5) The safe handling and use of firearms.
(6) Various methods of safe storage and child proofing of
(7) The availability of firearms safety programs and devices.
(8) The responsibilities of firearms ownership.
(9) The operation of various types of firearms.
(10) The lawful use of deadly force.
(c) The department shall offer copies of the pamphlet at actual
cost to firearms dealers licensed pursuant to Sections 26700 to
26915, inclusive, who shall have copies of the most current version
available for sale to retail purchasers or transferees of firearms.
The cost of the pamphlet, if any, may be added to the sale price of
the firearm. Other interested parties may purchase copies directly
from the Department of General Services.
(d) The pamphlet shall declare that it is merely intended to
provide a general summary of laws applicable to firearms and is not
designed to provide individual guidance for specific areas.
Individuals having specific questions shall be directed to contact
their local law enforcement agency or private counsel.
(e) The Department of Justice or any other public entity shall be
immune from any liability arising from the drafting, publication, or
dissemination of the pamphlet or any reliance upon it. All receipts
from the sale of these pamphlets shall be deposited as reimbursements
to the support appropriation for the Department of Justice.