California’s Attorney General Office Has Pulled Its New Rules On Assault Weapons

Good news for California gun owners. The California Department of Justice without comment last week withdrew a proposed rule updating the state’s regulations on bullet buttons and “assault weapon” registration.

The state’s Office of Administrative Law listed the proposed bullet button rulemaking as “under review” on Friday morning with a deadline of Feb. 13, then by evening had updated its status to “withdrawn” with no effective date. Repeated requests by for comment from OAL and DOJ officials on why the regulation was withdrawn or when a modified or substitute version would be resubmitted were not answered.

The rule had been formulated during the administration of Attorney General Kamala Harris, now a U.S. senator, to address changes required by legislation passed last year. The rule had been submitted after a proposed emergency regulation on making now-outlawed pre-ban magazines capable of holding more than 10 cartridges compliant, which, in turn, has also been pulled.

Harris’ replacement, former U.S. Rep. Xavier Becerra, a longtime Democratic lawmaker and former state’s deputy attorney general in the late 1980s, was sworn in last month. While Becerra has been quick to challenge the new president over the controversial federal travel ban and other issues, he has not released any statements on California’s pending firearms regulations.

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