SAF Sues California DOJ Over Assault Weapon Registration Disaster

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BELLEVUE, WA –-( The Second Amendment Foundation yesterday filed suit against the California Department of Justice and Attorney General Xavier Becerra, seeking an injunction against the agency for failing and refusing to establish a properly functioning Internet-based firearms registration system.

Joining SAF in this legal action are the Calguns Foundation, Firearms Policy Coalition, Firearms Policy Foundation and three private citizens. The lawsuit was filed in Shasta County Superior Court.

“We’re suing because California DOJ’s Firearms Application Reporting System (CFARS) broke down during the deadline week for people to register their firearms in accordance with new state laws,” said SAF founder and Executive Vice President Alan M. Gottlieb. “For a whole week, the system was largely inaccessible. People who wanted to comply with the law simply couldn’t and now they face becoming criminals because they couldn’t do what the law requires.”

The lawsuit notes that during the week of June 25-30, which was the statutory registration deadline, the CFARS system was inaccessible and inoperable on a variety of web browsers across the state. Many users who were able to initially login and begin the process could not finish because the system crashed, obliterating all of their work. The CFARS system was substantially underfunded and understaffed from its inception, Gottlieb noted.

“It’s like a bad version of ‘Catch-22’,” Gottlieb observed. “The government required registration by the deadline, but the online registration failed and people couldn’t register. They’re required to obey the law, but the system broke down, making it impossible to obey the law. Now, these people face the possibility of being prosecuted. We simply cannot abide that kind of incompetence.”

“Attorney General Xavier Becerra seems to care about everything but the constitution, the rule of law, and law-abiding California gun owners,” said FPC President Brandon Combs. “If Becerra spent as much time doing his job as he does talking about his pet crusades against the federal government, hundreds of thousands of Californians would not be in legal jeopardy right now.”

“Predictably the state of California wants to take guns away from the law-abiding. In this instance they couldn’t even build a working system to respect gun owners’ rights,” explained CGF Chairman Gene Hoffman. “We simply want to allow those who want to comply with the law to have more time with a working registration system.”

SAF and its partners want the court to prevent DOJ from enforcing the law to allow individual plaintiffs and other citizens in the same situation to register their legally-possessed firearms through a “reliable and functional registration system.”

Second Amendment FoundationThe Second Amendment Foundation ( is the nation’s oldest and largest tax-exempt education, research, publishing and legal action group focusing on the Constitutional right and heritage to privately own and possess firearms. Founded in 1974, The Foundation has grown to more than 650,000 members and supporters and conducts many programs designed to better inform the public about the consequences of gun control.

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I can remember fifty some years ago when california was the place to be. (Beverly Hillbillies) My brother in law was stationed there in the service and when he came home he brought a fully customized Ford Coupe with him. I always had the desire to spend some time there but as the “foreigners” moved in and took over the state took a drastic change. I have visited a couple of times but I wouldn’t consider it anymore. The state is down the toilet.

Donald Freeman

Sue the glitter off that turd of a state! #GlitteryTurd #california

David Blakeman

Californastan politicians, you amaze me, you couldn’t find the illegal aliens. How are you going to find the guns that people do not want to give up? Californastan progressives, liberals, communists, and socialists, what are you going to do when the only people who are armed are the criminals (they don’t obey any laws that I know of, could it be that’s why we call them criminals), the police and the politicians hiding behind their armed guards (paid for by the way, by you, J.Q.Public), shout dirty words at them? I was born and raised in a beautiful state called… Read more »


What do you mean, how are they going to find them? They’ve required registration through the DROS system of every firearm purchased in CA, since 1924. (early on, there were probably exceptions, but now almost ALL sales, even between private parties, are reported).

So it’s not too hard for the CA gov’t to find a pretty large percentage of the guns, if it wanted to. It would be a monumentally bad decision to try and confiscate any, though. Molon Labe!
(BTW, CA *did* confiscate some firearms back in the 1990s — so there is precedent that it may try again)


You did not expect any from this state of Horrors to work as described did you?


There are many liberal (liberals as opposed to progressives aka socialists/communists) in California who are just as angry at the state’s political cartel repeatedly infringing on the constitutional rights of the citizens. This is especially true of those who reside in the rural counties. Liberals here like their guns as much as conservatives do. Surprisingly, it would appear that “Civil Disobedience” is alive and well in those bastions of progressive voters. Very few can prove that they moved their high capacity magazines and/or firearms out of the state, destroyed them, or turned them in. No different than many in states… Read more »

David Russell

Gun owners who register their firearms are idiots. No doubt, they’d also willingly give them up when California next passes a confiscation law.


@DavidRussell, what do you mean, owners are idiots for not registering? THERE IS NO CHOICE. You have to register ANY and EVERY firearm with the CA DOJ when you buy it, even from a private party. Or are you talking about registering “assault weapons” before the July 1, 2018 deadline? There are more options, there (none of them pretty). If you had what the state ridiculously terms an “assault weapon”, and you didn’t register it as an AW by 7/01/2018, and you are caught possessing it (e.g. at a range), it’s a FELONY and you will do jail time and… Read more »

Joseph. A legal American

Just another reason to NOT move to Californy… Criminals don’t register their rifles. But the state of Californy wouldn’t know about that. Wait till a criminal uses a rifle for a crime. Then Californy will come up with another rule targeting LEGAL gun owners again. Shame shame on Californy


CA is essentially a one-party state. And that part predominantly just doesn’t GET it — when current gun-control laws (that punish millions of law-abiding citizens and don’t affect criminals) don’t reduce violent crime, they will enact even STRICTER gun-control laws. Which of course will once again do more harm than good.

Of course, doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results is the definition of insanity. And it is, but you’ll never convince the insane majority here of that.