Originally Posted by blackrazor
Yes, but, if I'm understanding this correctly, an AOW is exempt from all AW laws in CA, yes? After all, by definition, an "AOW" cannot be a rifle, pistol, or shotgun, which therefore means it can't be an "assault" rifle, pistol, or shotgun, yes? Furthermore, once something is registered as an "AOW", it is always an "AOW", even if at a later time it were to be configured as a rifle, right?
Let's say you purchase a bare OLL lower, what's to stop you from registering it as an AOW? And once registered as an AOW, why can't you configure it as an AW, since legally it can never really be an AW once labeled an AOW?
Nope, an AOW is not exempt from AW laws in CA. CA does not define an AOW, they leave that up to the feds, and an federally-registeded AOW is only exempt from 12020 regulations, not any other sections of the code, like the 12276 AW section.
CA has their own defintion of pistols, rifles, and shotguns, and an AOW registration does not preclude CA from still calling your AOW a pistol.
12001. (a)(1) As used in this title, the terms "pistol," "revolver," and "firearm capable of being concealed upon the person" shall apply to and include any device designed to be used as a weapon, from which is expelled a projectile by the force of any explosion, or other form of combustion, and that has a barrel less than 16 inches in length. These terms also include any device that has a barrel 16 inches or more in length which is designed to be interchanged with a barrel less than 16 inches in length.
(2) As used in this title, the term "handgun" means any "pistol," "revolver," or "firearm capable of being concealed upon the person."
That definition pulls your AOW'ed OLL firearm into the AW pistol arena where you need to make sure you are compliant with those regs.
Of course, that is just my opinion and there may be some other exemption lurking in the code that will help us, I just haven't found it yet.
edit: and if you take that AOW and put a stock on it, it is no longer an AOW, even if you take the stock back off. Because, once the stock goes on, it becomes a rifle or shotgun, and you can't go from rifle/shotgun to AOW. It would need to go to an SBR/SBS.