California Handgun Roster Decimates the Availability of New Handguns for Lawful Gun Buyers

California Handgun Roster Time Line
California Handgun Roster Time Line
CalGuns Foundation
CalGuns Foundation

California –-(  California has a state law and regulatory scheme that arbitrarily bans handguns based on a roster of “certified” handguns approved by the State.

California uses this list despite a ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court that protects handguns that ordinary people traditionally use for self-defense, and a recent ruling by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals that the Second Amendment applies to state and local governments.

Whilst still ignoring the legal precedent the California scheme will eventually ban the purchase of almost all new handguns by drying up the list of available new handguns that past the list standards and as manufactures decide not to build guns that comply with CA's law.

Here is a run down of the laws formation:

1/1/2001: CA laws (SB 15 – 2000) creating a Roster of “not unsafe” handguns certified for sale are enforced.

1/1/2006: CA law (SB 489 – 2003) requiring loaded chamber indicator or magazine disconnect for all new semi-automatic centerfire handguns added to Roster is enforced; CA law (SB 489 – 2003) requiring magazine disconnect for all new rimfire semi-handguns added to Roster enforced.

1/1/2007: CA law (SB 489 – 2003) requiring both loaded chamber indicator and magazine disconnect for all new semi-automatic centerfire handguns added to Roster enforced.

4/30/2009: During a short period of time in which the United States Constitution’s Second Amendment applied to states and local governments within the federal Ninth Circuit through a case called Nordyke v. King, The Calguns Foundation and 5 other plaintiffs — including the Second Amendment Foundation — filed a federal civil rights lawsuit called Peña v. Cid (now Peña v. Lindley) against the California Department of Justice that challenged the constitutionality of the state’s “Handgun Roster” laws. The Peña case, helmed by civil rights attorneys Alan Gura, Donald Kilmer, and Jason Davis, was argued at the trial court on December 17, 2013, on cross motions for summary judgment and is currently pending decision.

5/17/2013: CA law (AB 1471 – 2008) requiring “microstamping” for all semi-automatic handguns to be added to Roster enforced by CA Attorney General Kamala Harris (CA DOJ).

For more information on the California Roster of Handguns Certified for Sale and its legislative history, please visit

For more information on Peña v. Lindley, please visit

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  • 6 thoughts on “California Handgun Roster Decimates the Availability of New Handguns for Lawful Gun Buyers

    1. I think that is just fine! Take ALL our guns away, let the criminals have them and let them FEED on those useless pieces of liberal shit! Then they might wake up?
      Also, Ask ALL those that protest about letting in the refugees ………Will YOU SPONSER a Refugee Family, let them live with you and your family till they get settled in your neighborhood …….NOT!

      What is the NRA doing to help us in Calif.????? Not Much!

    2. Sad that Californians are so ignorant that they would disarm law abiding citizens instead of going after criminals . They make crime pay and victims out of the majority of people.
      Microstamping will most likely become a patent troll and pistol costs in theory could quadruple.
      The unsafe rooster is just another lie to ban firearms. I have carried a pistol 15 years which has no safety , and can fire single or double action .

    3. The libtards in office here just keep getting elected. Trust me its not for a lack of effort on liberty lovers. We just keep lossin ground.

    4. A majority of the people of California keep electing legislators that limit their rights and freedoms. Sad, but this is what they seem to want.

    5. If CA refuses to obey a court ruling, then the state needs to be heavily fined on a per day or per hour basis until it complies with the court.

    6. Californians need to take a stand like they did in Colorado. I was born in California and I would tell people that with pride. Now I am ashamed of what my home state has become. All gun owners and believers in the constitution need to ban together and stop supporting the cities. Hit them in the pocket book and watch them change their tune. Take back the state, one city at a time if you have to.

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