Penal Code section 30900, as amended, required any person who, prior to September 1, 2020, lawfully possessed an assault weapon as defined by Penal Code section 30515 subdivision (a) paragraphs (9), (10), and (11), and was eligible to register an assault weapon as set forth in Penal Code section 30900, subdivision (c), to submit an application to the DOJ to register the firearm before January 1, 2022. The regulations for the Other Assault Weapon Registration are available on the Firearms Regulations/Rulemaking Activities webpage.

Registration is now closed. Any applications, whether submitted electronically or through the mail, should have been submitted during the registration period beginning October 1, 2021 at 9:00 AM PST through December 31, 2021 at 11:59 PM PST. Registration applications received or postmarked after December 31, 2021 will not be accepted.

What is considered an “Other” assault weapon?

Pursuant to Penal Code section 30900, subdivision (c), paragraph (1), effective September 1, 2020, an “Other” assault weapon is defined in Penal Code section 30515, subdivision (a), paragraphs (9), (10), or (11), as:

  1. A semiautomatic centerfire firearm that is not a rifle, pistol, or shotgun, that does not have a fixed magazine, but that has any one of the following:
    • A pistol grip that protrudes conspicuously beneath the action of the weapon.
    • A thumbhole stock.
    • A folding or telescoping stock.
    • A grenade launcher or flare launcher.
    • A flash suppressor.
    • A forward pistol grip.
    • A threaded barrel, capable of accepting a flash suppressor, forward handgrip, or silencer.
    • A second handgrip.
    • A shroud that is attached to, or partially or completely encircles, the barrel that allows the bearer to fire the weapon without burning the bearer’s hand, except a slide that encloses the barrel.
    • The capacity to accept a detachable magazine at some location outside of the pistol grip.
  2. A semiautomatic centerfire firearm that is not a rifle, pistol, or shotgun, that has a fixed magazine with the capacity to accept more than 10 rounds.
  3. A semiautomatic centerfire firearm that is not a rifle, pistol, or shotgun, that has an overall length of less than 30 inches.

For purposes of this section, “fixed magazine” means an ammunition feeding device contained in, or permanently attached to, a firearm in such a manner that the device cannot be removed without disassembly of the firearm action.

Where can I find additional information about “Other” assault weapons?

Additional information can be found within the “Other” Assault Weapons Frequently Asked Questions.