Not complying and staying out of prison

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Not complying and staying out of prison

While none of these options are ideal, they do keep you in possession of all your firearms and components, and out of prison. Those who did register their firearms as assault weapons are one bill or proposition away from having them confiscated. There are too many calling for a ban on possession to voluntarily add yourself to a government list.

I was inspired by a speech Maj Toure of Black Guns Matter gave recently about how the government sets up people in tough neighborhoods for incarceration, knowing they have a human right to self defense, but are able bust those on gun charges who are non compliant when they DO defend themselves. His goal was to stop that cycle and get people legal so they could exercise their rights without going to jail.

“Stay straight. Get your paper work tight. Be politically active. So you can get it legitimately and there's NOTHING they can do about it,” he said.

That got me thinking about California gun owners and our continuous plight, especially given that the deadline to register so-called assault weapons has now passed. The tyrants who passed these laws would like nothing more than to catch us being non compliant, and send us - their political enemies - to prison.

For those of you who didn’t find someone to fuck your wife... I mean... didn’t register your neutered bullet button previously defined as a fixed 10rd magazine firearm as an assault weapon with the State of California, there are things you can still do to “comply without complying”, and if you stay legit, there’s NOTHING they can do about it. The CADOJ even benevolently gave you a few outs (which one day they’ll likely decry them as “loopholes”).

First, take off that bullet button and throw it in the trash. You can go featureless, which many people have done or will do until the next assault weapon ban is passed that will include all semiautomatic centerfire rifles - and don’t doubt for a second that isn’t what’s coming next. You can also go rimfire by attaching a .22 upper and enjoy all those evil features. And there’s the break action modifications, but it’s still a fixed 10rd magazine and you’re literally taking apart your firearm before it can be properly cleared.

But there’s two other options spelled out in the regulations that’ll keep you out of legal trouble if by some chance you’re ever caught on the wrong side of the thin blue line itching to molon your labe.

If your firearm is not “semiautomatic”, no matter what its configuration, it’s not an assault weapon. The first option is to simply remove a key part that makes your firearm semiautomatic. From the regs:

[Certain] necessary mechanical parts that will allow a firearm to function in a semiautomatic nature must be present for a weapon to be deemed semiautomatic. A weapon clearly designed to be semiautomatic but lacking a firing pin, bolt carrier, gas tube, or some other crucial part of the firearm is not semiautomatic for purposes of Penal Code sections 30515, 30600, 30605(a), and 30900.

So, if you didn’t want to buy a bunch of extra CA compliant parts or an ugly stock, but still wanted to take your gun out to the range without getting harassed, take a part or two off. I suggest teaching yourself how a gas system works first prior to proceeding. Yes, you’re basically turning your semiauto into a bolt action, but it’s an option. You can have all the features, a standard magazine release, and you’re not limited to 10 rounds.

It gets “better”. If you really want to take the easiest route to “comply without complying” while you think about your next move, take the upper off the lower. Seriously, per the regs:

With regards to an AR-15 style firearm, if a complete upper receiver and a complete lower receiver are completely detached from one another, but still in the possession or under the custody or control of the same person, the firearm is not a semiautomatic firearm.

Just take it apart. Done. Simple. Easy.

While none of these options are ideal, they do keep you in possession of all your firearms and components, and out of prison. Those who did register their firearms as assault weapons are one bill or proposition away from having them confiscated. There are too many calling for a ban on possession to voluntarily add yourself to a government list.

Now that you’re legit, go get politically active.

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