Ghost Guns

WHAT THE BILL WOULD DO 

AB 879 by Assemblyman Mike Gipson would allow only licensed firearm dealers to sell “unfinished” gun receivers, which, with a little machining, can be assembled into untraceable “ghost guns.” The new regulations would not go into effect until the summer of 2024.

WHO SUPPORTS IT? 

Gun control advocates and violence intervention groups, plus the California Department of Justice and both the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors and the District Attorney’s office.

WHO’S OPPOSED?

Virtually every major gun rights group in the state, including the California Rifle and Pistol Association, the Gun Owners of California and the California Sportsman’s Lobby.

WHY IT MATTERS 

Last year Gipson introduced a bill that would have effectively treated unfinished receivers as if they were functioning firearms. The bill was passed by both chambers, but vetoed by Gov. Jerry Brown who called the proposal “unduly vague” and warned of “far reaching and unintended consequences.” Now Brown is gone and this year’s version is a bit narrower in scope. 

GOVERNOR’S CALL  

Newsom signed the bill Oct. 11, 2019, as part of a package of gun control legislation, two months after a California Highway Patrol officer was killed by a home-assembled rifle in Riverside.