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General requirements are 18" minimum barrel length, 26" minimum overall length.

Pump Shotguns

Most conceivable configurations are allowed, including:

  • Folding stocks (minimum length measured while folded applies).
  • Bayonet lugs.
  • Pistol grips.
  • Detachable magazines (Saiga's converted to single-shot,

Semi-automatic Shotguns

There are a few restrictions:

  • No detachable magazines (bullet button, etc, ok).
  • No folding or telescoping stock in combination with a pistol grip, thumbhole stock, or vertical handgrip

California bans certain features on Semi-automatic Shotguns

12276.1.  (a) Notwithstanding Section 12276, "assault weapon" shall
also mean any of the following:
   (6) A semiautomatic shotgun that has both of the following:
   (A) A folding or telescoping stock.
   (B) A pistol grip that protrudes conspicuously beneath the action
of the weapon, thumbhole stock, or vertical handgrip.

  (7) A semiautomatic shotgun that has the ability to accept a
detachable magazine.

  (8) Any shotgun with a revolving cylinder.

Note that you may have a folding stock as long as you do not also have a pistol grip or thumbhole stock and vise-versa.

Only both of these features combined trigger "assault weapon" status.

Provision (8) applies to all shotguns.

There are no 'assault weapon' implications of magazine capacity together with shotguns.