AB 48, as amended, Skinner. Firearms: ammunition: sales.
(1) Except as specified, existing law makes it a crime to manufacture, import, keep for sale, offer or expose for sale, or give or lend any large-capacity magazine, and makes a large-capacity magazine a nuisance. Existing law defines “large-capacity magazine” to mean any ammunition feeding device with the capacity to accept more than 10 rounds but excludes, in pertinent part, a feeding device that has been permanently altered so that the magazine cannot accommodate more than 10 rounds.
This bill would make it a misdemeanor, punishable by a fine of not more than $1,000 or imprisonment in a county jail not to exceed 6 months, or by both that fine and imprisonment, to buy or receive a large capacity magazine or to knowingly manufacture, import, keep for sale, offer or expose for sale, or give, lend, buy, or receive any large capacity magazine conversion kit that is capable of converting an ammunition feeding device into a large-capacity magazine. By creating a new crime, this bill would impose a state-mandated local program.
(2) Existing law prohibits any person, corporation, or dealer from selling ammunition to a person under 18 years of age, selling ammunition designed for use in a handgun to a person under 21 years of age, or providing possession of any ammunition to any minor who the person, corporation, or dealer knows is prohibited from possessing that ammunition at that time. Existing law prohibits a person, corporation, or firm from giving possession or control of ammunition to any person who he or she knows is prohibited by law from possessing ammunition. Existing law also regulates handgun ammunition vendors and provides that a handgun ammunition vendor shall not permit any employee who the vendor knows or reasonably should know is a person who has been convicted of a felony or other specified crimes to handle, sell, or deliver handgun ammunition in the course and scope of employment.
This bill would require the Department of Justice to alert local law enforcement entities in the city, county, or city and county in which a purchaser resides if the purchaser obtains more than
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(3) The California Constitution requires the state to reimburse local agencies and school districts for certain costs mandated by the state. Statutory provisions establish procedures for making that reimbursement.
This bill would provide that no reimbursement is required by this act for a specified reason.
Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: yes. State-mandated local program: yes.
The people of the State of California do enact as follows:
Section 30367 is added to the Penal Code, to
(a) The Department of Justice shall alert local law
4enforcement entities in the city, county, or city and county in which
5the purchaser resides if the purchaser obtains more than
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6 rounds of ammunition within a
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7and the purchaser is an individual and not an ammunition vendor.
8(b) Subdivision (a) does not apply to or affect the sale of
9ammunition to either of the following:
10(1) An authorized law enforcement representative of a city,
11county, city and county, or state or federal government, if the sale
12is for the exclusive use by that government agency and, prior to
13the sale of the ammunition, written authorization from the head of
14the agency employing the purchaser or transferee is obtained
15identifying the employee as an individual authorized to conduct
16the transaction, and authorizing the transaction for the exclusive
17use of the agency employing the individual.
18(2) A sworn peace officer, as defined in Chapter 4.5
19(commencing with Section 830) of Title 3 of Part 2 who is
20authorized to carry a firearm in the course and scope of his or her
Section 32310 of the Penal Code is amended to read:
(a) Except as provided in Article 2 (commencing with
24Section 32400) of this chapter and in Chapter 1 (commencing with
25Section 17700) of Division 2 of Title 2, commencing January 1,
262000, any person in this state who manufactures or causes to be
27manufactured, imports into the state, keeps for sale, or offers or
28exposes for sale, or who gives, lends, buys, or receives any
29large-capacity magazine is punishable by imprisonment in a county
30jail not exceeding one year or imprisonment pursuant to subdivision
31(h) of Section 1170.
32(b) For purposes of this section, “manufacturing” includes both
33fabricating a magazine and assembling a magazine from a
34combination of parts, including, but not limited to, the body, spring,
35follower, and floor plate or end plate, to be a fully functioning
Section 32311 is added to the Penal Code, to read:
(a) Except as provided in Article 2 (commencing with
2Section 32400) of this chapter and in Chapter 1 (commencing with
3Section 17700) of Division 2 of Title 2, commencing January 1,
42014, any person in this state who knowingly manufactures or
5causes to be manufactured, imports into the state, keeps for sale,
6or offers or exposes for sale, or who gives, lends, buys, or receives
7any large capacity magazine conversion kit is punishable by a fine
8of not more than one thousand dollars ($1,000) or imprisonment
9in a county jail not to exceed six months, or by both that fine and
12(b) For purposes of this section, a “large capacity magazine
13conversion kit” is a device or combination of parts of a fully
14functioning large-capacity magazine, including, but not limited
15to, the body, spring, follower, and floor plate or end plate, capable
16of converting an ammunition feeding device into a large-capacity
No reimbursement is required by this act pursuant to
23Section 6 of Article XIII B of the California Constitution because
24the only costs that may be incurred by a local agency or school
25district will be incurred because this act creates a new crime or
26infraction, eliminates a crime or infraction, or changes the penalty
27for a crime or infraction, within the meaning of Section 17556 of
28the Government Code, or changes the definition of a crime within
29the meaning of Section 6 of Article XIII B of the California