California DOJ withdraws ‘emergency’ large-capacity firearm magazine regulations

Friday, December 30, 2016
By Paul Martin
30 Dec, 2016

California Attorney General Kamala Harris has withdrawn a series of “emergency” regulations over large-capacity firearm magazines after gun rights advocates took advantage of a short window of time during the holidays to submit complaints.

The proposed restrictions were withdrawn Thursday, just two weeks after they were submitted. Large-capacity magazine reforms are already set to begin on July 1, 2017, following the passage of Proposition 63 and SB 1446. However, the emergency regulations would have bumped that up to January 2, 2017.

Assemblyman James Gallagher (R-Nicolaus) publicly opposed the regulations, citing a narrow timeframe for the public to submit comments or complaints regarding them. In a letter to Debra Corney, Director of the Office of Administrative Law, and California Bureau of Firearms Chief Stephen Lindley, Gallagher complained that “many Californians will not have the opportunity to fully review the regulations since they were submitted during the middle of the holiday season.”

“Two of the… five days for public comment were Christmas and Christmas Eve,” he wrote.

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