Regulations: Failed Private Party Transfers

The Department of Justice (Department) proposes to amend section 4025 and adopt section 4026 of title 11, division 5, chapter 2 of the California Code of Regulations concerning a dealer’s notice to the Department following a failed private party sale, transfer, or loan of a firearm.

Starting July 1, 2024, dealers must follow a new procedure after a failed private party transfer when they cannot legally return the firearm to the seller. The new procedure allows the seller to request the dealer to hold the firearm for up to 45 days and to designate another person to receive the firearm. A dealer who retains possession of a firearm for this purpose must notify the Department within 72 hours in a manner and format prescribed by the Department. (Pen. Code, § 28050, subd. (g).) The proposed regulation requires the dealer to report the retention of a firearm electronically via the DROS Entry System (DES).

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Notice Register Publication Date: November 3, 2023

Status of the Proposal: This rulemaking is undergoing a 45-day public comment period. Any interested person or their authorized representative may submit written comments regarding the proposed regulatory action. The written comment period closes at 5:00 pm on December 19, 2023. All timely comments that specifically pertain to the proposed regulations will be reviewed and responded to by Department staff. Comments may be submitted by mail or email to:

Mail written comments:

Department of Justice
P.O. Box 160487
Sacramento, CA 95816


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