Regulations: Firearm Transfers to Law Enforcement


The Department of Justice (Department) proposes to adopt section 4025 of title 11, division 5, chapter 2 of the California Code of Regulations concerning notice to the Department upon the transfer of a firearm to law enforcement subsequent to a denied private party sale, transfer, or loan when the firearm cannot be returned to the seller, transferor, or loaner.

The proposed regulation prescribes the procedure for a dealer to notify the Department that a firearm has been delivered to a law enforcement agency. The Report of Dealer Relinquishment, forms BOF 1401A and 1401B, have been developed for this purpose. Starting July 1, 2024, the dealer will report this information electronically via the DROS Entry System (DES). The DES will generate a form for the dealer and law enforcement officer to sign.

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Notice Register Publication Date: October 21, 2022

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 6, 2022. 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:

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

  • E-mail:

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