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10-05-2009, 7:12 PM
10-05-2009, 7:12 PM
There's no constructive possession for CA assault weapons. Yes, you can buy and own a threaded pistol barrel. Once you install it, the pistol will then have an AW feature.
10-05-2009, 7:15 PM
I know you cannot have a threaded barrels installed on a pistol in CA. But my question is can you have or own a threaded barrel (never install it while in CA), so when you leave the state to shoot it can be used in states where it is legal?
Yes. If the threaded bbl is not installed on the pistol, it is not an AW.
'Constructive possession' concepts do not apply to AWs in CA (though they do apply to SBR, SBS, MG and DD matters).
Is it legal to buy a threaded barrel and have it shipped into CA?
Yes. Some vendors may not ship to your CA address, however.
Also, threaded barrels on rifles are not controlled - that was only an issue under the old, expired Fed AW ban that sunset in 2004. [The only time threading of a bbl on a rifle can be an issue is if the bbl is under 16" long and the muzzle attachment is just screwed on and not pinned/welded & permanently attached to get the bbl up to the 16" min for rifles.]
Also, the prohibition on threaded barrels is only on semi-auto pistols that use detachable magazines.
Threaded barrel + semi-auto pistol + detachable magazine = illegal
Threaded barrel + revolver = legal
Threaded barrel + single-shot pistol = legal
Threaded barrel + semi-auto pistol + fixed magazine = legal
Penal Code 12276.1
(a) Notwithstanding Section 12276, "assault weapon" shall also mean any of the following:
(4) A semiautomatic pistol that has the capacity to accept a detachable magazine and any one of the following:
(A) A threaded barrel, capable of accepting a flash suppressor, forward handgrip, or silencer.
(B) A second handgrip.
(C) A shroud that is attached to, or partially or completely encircles, the barrel that allows the bearer to fire the weapon without burning his or her hand, except a slide that encloses the barrel.
(D) The capacity to accept a detachable magazine at some location outside of the pistol grip.
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