Generally, all firearms (other than federally defined antiques) purchased in California must be accompanied with an FSD that has passed required safety and functionality tests and is listed on the Department of Justice Roster of Approved Firearm Safety Devices. The current roster is available on the Bureau of Firearms website at http://oag.ca.gov/firearms/fsdcertlist.
Yes. The FSD requirement does not apply to the following:
No. The return of a pawned or consigned firearm to the person who originally pawned or consigned it is not subject to FSD requirements.
No. Generally, under California law, a firearms dealer may not refuse to conduct a private party transfer. However, private parties must demonstrate compliance with the FSD requirements before the firearms dealer may deliver the firearm. If the purchaser is unable to demonstrate compliance with the FSD requirement, the firearm must be returned to the seller. (Pen. Code, §§ 28050-28070.)
We recommend that the FSD be purchased when the firearm is delivered. Pursuant to Penal Code section 23635, subdivision (c), the firearm purchaser must present the original receipt for the FSD with a purchase date no more than 30 days prior to the day he or she takes possession of the firearm. If the FSD and firearm is purchased at the same time and the Dealer’s Record of Sale (DROS) process is delayed beyond 30 days, the receipt would no longer be valid. (Pen. Code, § 23635.)
Yes. For an exemption from the Firearm Safety Device requirement based on ownership of a lock box, a receipt for the lock box is required along with an affidavit that the lock box is on the Department of Justice Roster of Approved Firearm Safety Devices. The firearms dealer must keep a copy of the receipt with the affidavit and DROS.
The manufacturer of an approved FSD has the option of providing a listing of specific firearms that can be used with the FSD and/or a generic description (e.g., pistols and revolvers with a trigger guard up to 2 1/2 inches long and up to 1 7/8 inches wide) of firearms with which the FSD can be properly utilized. A firearm model must be listed on the FSD manufacturer's list (if provided) or meet the generic description (if provided) to be considered to be compatible with a particular device.