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Old 12-02-2019, 3:23 PM
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Father passed away. He left behind a number of firearms which were just discovered, along with a registration from 1990. Some of the items were found, others are presumed to be in Colorado in a safe location.

How to remain compliant with California law?
One item is an Armalite AR-180, which is named in exhibit A as a restricted firearm. Acquired in 1979.
Another item is a semi automatic Made in China Ak47, acquired in 1988, which also appears to be on the list.

1. Is there any situation in which a son of a deceased father could apply for a FFL or an NFA and legally possess the items as they are?

2. Would modifying the guns to remove "assault" features be sufficient?
The Ak has a folding stock, so a new stock would need to be put on. It has a pistol grip. Putting on one of the thumb blocker things would modify it and remove the need to have the non-removeable magazine, if I understand correctly.

I'm somewhat concerned about the Armalite. The upper has Armalite 180 written on it, so even with a new 80% lower, it would still have forbidden words written on it. Or would it be better to take it out of state?

Advice? Not to be construed as legal advice, of course. Asking for a friend.
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Old 12-02-2019, 3:50 PM
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Not legal advice since not a lawyer, but sell them, or you have to move to another state. If they are on the Roberti Roos list pretty much nothing at all you can do. Pretty much the same with SB23. Now, you can get good money for them on GunBroker, or at an auction house in AZ. Those sales could allow you to get CA legal guns for yourself. I know, CA sucks big time.
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The registered assault weapons must be removed from the state, there is no way for anyone to keep them here.
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Agreed. Registered firearms cannot by inherited.
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Old 12-02-2019, 4:44 PM
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Remove from state before DOJ shows up to take custody.
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Old 12-02-2019, 5:03 PM
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Contact a lawyer specializing in firearms law. You cannot keep any registered assault weapons. Banned by make/model assault weapons (which is the case for many older AW's) don't have an avenue for conversation to non-aw. Even if the firearms could be modified, I don't know if it is legally possible for someone they are not registered to to de-register them even if you are the estate executor.

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Old 12-02-2019, 5:05 PM
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https://oag.ca.gov/firearms/regagunfaqs#11

Items 11 and 12.
However, they mention that you could possibly re-register the gun in your name, but the time window for registration was closed long ago.
That statement on their site should be removed as misleading.
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Old 12-02-2019, 5:06 PM
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Also not a lawyer but I recall when I setup a trust that the items have to be removed or sold by the estate within so any days.
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Ok. There seems to be a clear consensus that the guns can't be legalized in any way in California.

Now the question is "Will an assault weapon registration card from 1990 issued by the DOJ be sufficient documentation to sell to an Arizona firearms dealer?"

Based on the link provided above, I can sell it to an out of state DOJ approved firearms vendor. Maybe I'll give one a call tomorrow when they're open.
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Ok. There seems to be a clear consensus that the guns can't be legalized in any way in California.

Now the question is "Will an assault weapon registration card from 1990 issued by the DOJ be sufficient documentation to sell to an Arizona firearms dealer?"

Based on the link provided above, I can sell it to an out of state DOJ approved firearms vendor. Maybe I'll give one a call tomorrow when they're open.
If you sell it out of state, no out of state FFL is going to care about a CA registration card and they wont even ask because it means nothing to them. Offering it or even discussing will only needlessly confuse and complicate.

And you do not need to sell to an approved firearms vendor out of state. In fact I have no idea what an ‘out of state DOJ approved firearms vendor’ even is.

But you might need a CA FFL with an AW permit to handle shipping for you, if you elect not to drive it directly out of state yourself.
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Old 12-02-2019, 6:33 PM
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There is definitely a market to sell them to buyers in other states. Because you cannot advertise them for sale from California you might want to contact EBR Works or Audiophil2 about consignment. They are Arizona-based FFL dealers/manufacturers.
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buy a stripped lower for the AR and replace then sell/send the Armalite one out of state.
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buy a stripped lower for the AR and replace then sell/send the Armalite one out of state.
Wouldn’t the old stripped receiver become a paper weight, and not considered a firearm?
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The upper would be legal to keep. The AR-180 lower wouldn’t. The important question for you is 1) is the assembled rifle worth more sold out of state than the upper is worth keeping to you? The upper will have greatly reduced value when separated permanently from its match. I’ve never seen an AR-180 compatible 80% blank, do those exist?

This seems to be an option? Someone familiar may be able to comment if that’s really viable.
https://www.nodakspud.com/NDS-18S.htm

Gun value is most likely between $500-$2000 assembled.

I would separate the parts and store at different places ASAP so if a confiscation issue arises before you’ve got it out of state you don’t lose all the parts.

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We handle Gunbroker auctions of firearms like what you have on a regular basis. Feel free to call or email me if you like.
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The upper would be legal to keep. The AR-180 lower wouldn’t. The important question for you is 1) is the assembled rifle worth more sold out of state than the upper is worth keeping to you? The upper will have greatly reduced value when separated permanently from its match. I’ve never seen an AR-180 compatible 80% blank, do those exist?

This seems to be an option? Someone familiar may be able to comment if that’s really viable.
https://www.nodakspud.com/NDS-18S.htm

Gun value is most likely between $500-$2000 assembled.

I would separate the parts and store at different places ASAP so if a confiscation issue arises before you’ve got it out of state you don’t lose all the parts.
AR180 =/= AR180B

The (original) Armalite (Howa/Sterling) was the AR180.

In 2001, (new) Armalite introduced the AR180B.
Which made some changes to the receivers and has compatibility issues with the original design.
The NoDak Spud and Kodiak Defense utilize the AR180B pattern.
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