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[http://wiki.calgunsfoundation.org/index.php/Frequently_Asked_Questions Calguns Foundation Wiki FAQ]: What is a REGISTERED “ASSAULT WEAPON”?
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Link to discussion thread
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The emphasis here is on REGISTRATION.
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California created its ‘assault weapon’ law in 1989.
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Numerous rifles owned at that time were classified as ‘assault weapons’, and during 1990 the owners were supposed to submit a registration form and a fee to the state to register the weapons.
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That process is DIFFERENT from the DROS when the rifles were originally purchased; upon successful registration, the State returned a letter verifying the registration.
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Similarly, in 1999 the law was amended to include rifles by feature instead of by name.  A new registration period was opened for 2000, with similar extra form, fees, and a confirmation letter.
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All registration periods are ended.  No ‘assault weapons’ may now be registered except by authorized law enforcement.
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There is much confusion regarding ‘assault weapon’ registration; evidence suggests that many owners believed, in error, that the DROS at the original purchase was sufficient.
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It is illegal to '''own''' an unregistered ‘assault weapon’.
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It is illegal to '''transport''' an unregistered ‘assault weapon’.
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It is foolish to post on Calguns “I have a weapon which may be an ‘assault weapon’ and I do not think it is registered.”
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The standard advice for that situation is
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* do not say anything in a public forum known to be read by CA-DOJ and other law enforcement agencies;
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* immediately disassemble the weapon;
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* get a lawyer;
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* have the lawyer arrange the surrender of the weapon to local law enforcement.
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[http://wiki.calgunsfoundation.org/index.php/History_of_%27Assault_Weapon%27_laws Reference1], [http://wiki.calgunsfoundation.org/index.php/Possession_of_UNregistered_California_%22assault_weapons%22 Reference2]
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[[Category: Legal]]
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