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
The rulemaking is complete. On February 8, 2023, the Office of Administrative Law approved the regulations and filed them with the Secretary of State. The regulations become effective on April 1, 2023.

Final Rulemaking Documents

Public Notice and Related Documents

NOTE: This webpage will be deleted 12 months after the rulemaking is completed and the regulation is filed with the Secretary of State.