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TonyNorCal
02-17-2005, 7:34 PM
What's the legality of buying (private party) a FAL or AR in free America configuration, having it sent to your FFL, and modifying it into a CA-compliant rifle (having the magazine fixed). I am guessing that the AR is an absolute 'no' as it's banned by name? How about a FAL?

TonyNorCal
02-17-2005, 7:34 PM
What's the legality of buying (private party) a FAL or AR in free America configuration, having it sent to your FFL, and modifying it into a CA-compliant rifle (having the magazine fixed). I am guessing that the AR is an absolute 'no' as it's banned by name? How about a FAL?

esskay
02-17-2005, 10:29 PM
AR is out... but with a FAL and a good FFL, have the seller remove the pistol grip (easy to do) before shipping it to you and it should be fine. Then you can fix the magazine before replacing the pistol grip. Just also make sure it's not a named receiver, and that there is no flash hider.

bwiese
02-17-2005, 10:36 PM
Tony...

Don't bother with AR or AK rifles. Also true FN-FALs are banned by orig Roberti-Roos law. Your only hope is a Type III 'by features' AW like a FAL clone.

If the weapon comes into CA configured as an AW, your FFL would also need to have a CA AW permit, which seem to be fairly rare.

So to legally get in into CA in a form an ordinary FFL would accept, you'd need the FAL to come in without pistol grip or flash hider.

Many FFLs might shy away from this since they don't know the details of the law.

You'd have also ordered a stripper clip cover and a 10rd mag and the 'mag fixing kit' that affixes it so it's not readily detachable. After your 10 day waiting period you'd put the fixed mag on so you could add the pistol grip and make it usable.

Bill Wiese
San Jose