California Legislature—2015–16 Regular Session

Assembly BillNo. 1673

Introduced by Assembly Member Gipson

January 19, 2016

An act to amend Section 16520 of the Penal Code, relating to firearms.


AB 1673, as introduced, Gipson. Firearms: unfinished frame or receiver.

Existing law generally regulates the transfer and possession of firearms. Existing law defines the term “firearm” for various regulatory purposes, including, among others and subject to exceptions, the requirement that firearms be transferred by or through a licensed firearms dealer, the requirement of a 10-day waiting period prior to delivery of a firearm by a dealer, the requirement that firearm purchasers be subject to a background check, and the prohibition on certain classes of persons, such as felons, possessing firearms. Existing law provides, for some of these provisions, that a violation of the provision is a crime.

This bill would expand the definition of “firearm” for those purposes and other purposes to include an unfinished frame or receiver that can be readily converted to the functional condition of a finished frame or receiver.

By expanding the scope of existing crimes, this bill would impose a state-mandated local program.

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:

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Section 16520 of the Penal Code is amended to



(a) As used in this part, “firearm” means a device,
4designed to be used as a weapon, from which is expelled through
5a barrel, a projectile by the force of an explosion or other form of

7(b) As used in the following provisions, “firearm” includes the
8begin insert finishedend insert frame or receiver of thebegin delete weaponend deletebegin insert weapon, or the unfinished
9frame or receiver of a weapon that can be readily converted to the
10functional condition of a finished frame or receiverend insert

11(1) Section 16550.

12(2) Section 16730.

13(3) Section 16960.

14(4) Section 16990.

15(5) Section 17070.

16(6) Section 17310.

17(7) Sections 26500 to 26588, inclusive.

18(8) Sections 26600 to 27140, inclusive.

19(9) Sections 27400 to 28000, inclusive.

20(10) Section 28100.

21(11) Sections 28400 to 28415, inclusive.

22(12) Sections 29010 to 29150, inclusive.

23(13) Sections 29610 to 29750, inclusive.

24(14) Sections 29800 to 29905, inclusive.

25(15) Sections 30150 to 30165, inclusive.

26(16) Section 31615.

27(17) Sections 31705 to 31830, inclusive.

28(18) Sections 34355 to 34370, inclusive.

29(19) Sections 8100, 8101, and 8103 of the Welfare and
30Institutions Code.

31(c) As used in the following provisions, “firearm” also includes
32a rocket, rocket propelled projectile launcher, or similar device
P3    1containing an explosive or incendiary material, whether or not the
2device is designed for emergency or distress signaling purposes:

3(1) Section 16750.

4(2) Subdivision (b) of Section 16840.

5(3) Section 25400.

6(4) Sections 25850 to 26025, inclusive.

7(5) Subdivisions (a), (b), and (c) of Section 26030.

8(6) Sections 26035 to 26055, inclusive.

9(d) As used in the following provisions, “firearm” does not
10include an unloaded antique firearm:

11(1) Subdivisions (a) and (c) of Section 16730.

12(2) Section 16550.

13(3) Section 16960.

14(4) Section 17310.

15(5) Chapter 6 (commencing with Section 26350) of Division 5
16of Title 4.

17(6) Chapter 7 (commencing with Section 26400) of Division 5
18of Title 4.

19(7) Sections 26500 to 26588, inclusive.

20(8) Sections 26700 to 26915, inclusive.

21(9) Section 27510.

22(10) Section 27530.

23(11) Section 27540.

24(12) Section 27545.

25(13) Sections 27555 to 27585, inclusive.

26(14) Sections 29010 to 29150, inclusive.

27(15) Section 25135.

28(e) As used in Sections 34005 and 34010, “firearm” does not
29include a destructive device.

30(f) As used in Sections 17280 and 24680, “firearm” has the
31same meaning as in Section 922 of Title 18 of the United States

33(g) As used in Sections 29010 to 29150, inclusive, “firearm”
34includes the unfinished frame or receiver of a weapon that can be
35readily converted to the functional condition of a finished frame
36or receiver.


SEC. 2.  

No reimbursement is required by this act pursuant to
38Section 6 of Article XIII B of the California Constitution because
39the only costs that may be incurred by a local agency or school
40district will be incurred because this act creates a new crime or
P4    1infraction, eliminates a crime or infraction, or changes the penalty
2for a crime or infraction, within the meaning of Section 17556 of
3the Government Code, or changes the definition of a crime within
4the meaning of Section 6 of Article XIII B of the California