California Forced To Comply In Sharp V. Becerra Rifle Registration Case

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BELLEVUE, WA – -(AmmoLand.com)- After two years of litigation over a botched computer program to register so-called “assault weapons” in California, a settlement has been reached between the state and all parties involved, the Second Amendment Foundation revealed today.

The case is known as Sharp v. Becerra. In 2016, the California Legislature created a new “assault weapon” classification requiring registration. But there was a problem with the online registration process that prevented gun owners from actually complying before the July 1, 2018 deadline, so a lawsuit was filed by several parties including SAF, the Firearms Policy Coalition, Calguns Foundation, Firearm Policy Foundation, and the Madison Society Foundation, along with several private citizens.

“Under this agreement,” said SAF founder and Executive Vice President Alan M. Gottlieb, “California must reopen the registration process for all individuals who possessed eligible firearms, and reimburse all plaintiffs. California DOJ is required to announce the re-opened registration period and provide notice to other known gun rights groups and law firms. This requirement especially applies to every person who called or emailed the DOJ to complain about being unable to register before or after the original deadline. The department must also conduct a public outreach campaign to notify the public about the reopened registration period.

“It’s fair to say our lawsuit prevented guns from being banned and confiscated, and their owners from being prosecuted,” he stated.

“The department must also accept paper submissions as an alternative,” he added, “on a form that gets the information required by the online registration process. It’s important that California DOJ under Javier Becerra had to acknowledge its registration website was something of a disaster.

“As noted in the agreement,” Gottlieb continued, “hundreds of people actually contacted the California Department of Justice to seek technical assistance because they encountered problems trying to register online. When you consider the likelihood that many times the number of people who contacted DOJ became frustrated and didn’t contact the agency, we’re talking about a system breakdown that shouldn’t have happened. I’d call this an embarrassing loss and a huge setback for California gun control overall.

“Through this agreement,” he added, “all of the plaintiffs will recover our legal expenses and more importantly, thousands of honest California citizens will be able to comply with the law. DOJ must give gun owners 120 days’ advance notice that the system is re-opening.”


The 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 700,000 members and supporters and conducts many programs designed to better inform the public about the consequences of gun control.

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donfranko
donfranko
6 months ago

And this is a WIN???? What? OH, they embarrassed Becerra….. but know what? he got the last laugh. Still gotta register AND if you don’t still gonna confiscate your gun and put ya in jail. Nothing changed. How is that a win?

JB
JB
6 months ago

Register THIS !!!!!!!!!!!!!

toomanyhobbies
toomanyhobbies
6 months ago

CA a prime example of REGISTRATION LEADS TO CONFISCATION!!!

RoyD
RoyD
6 months ago

So, Californians don’t mind getting bent over as long as the process goes smooth and easy. Well, ok.

Bozz
Bozz
6 months ago

All that is well and good, but they are still required to register their guns. So, sort of a backhanded win. Yeah, we have the right to register our guns now.

Bill
Bill
6 months ago

So, now Californians can register their firearms instead of having them confiscated and being prosecuted. Instead of being hanged, a once free people (not for a century, by now) gets to be watched, documented, and suspected by the government. Oh, hooray.

swmft
swmft
6 months ago

the registration law should have been thrown out ,you can bet like new yak ,comifornia feared this getting to a sort of conservative supreme court so they made a soft pitch to keep the list. can you imagine ruling the said registration is illegal , machine gun list out the door….. but would kill value of my toy…. maybe not old school stuff is limited

Buckshot
Buckshot
6 months ago

How about you brag when you get the law thrown out instead! You may have won a battle but you lost a war.

BadDad
BadDad
6 months ago

We all know there’s only one valid reason for registration of firearms.