Q: What is the California Handgun Roster?
A: The California Handgun Roster is a critical component of the state's firearm regulations. As of January 1, 2001, the roster outlines that no handgun can be manufactured, imported, lent, sold, or offered for sale in California unless it has successfully passed firing, safety, and drop tests. These tests ensure the firearm's compliance with California's safety standards. The roster is maintained by the California Department of Justice.
The roster includes a comprehensive list of handguns that have been certified for sale in California. This list comprises models that have met the state's stringent requirements and can be legally manufactured, imported, sold, purchased, or lent within California's borders. The list also specifies permissible changes or modifications that can be made to certain firearms without violating the state's manufacturing regulations.
To access the official roster and view the detailed list of certified handguns, visit the State of California Department of Justice Handguns Certified for Sale webpage. You can navigate through the list using various search options, such as manufacturer, model, barrel length, caliber, and more. The manufacturer's part number is a powerful tool for pinpointing specific firearms on the roster.
Remember, if you have questions about a handgun's legality in California or cannot find it on the roster, reach out to the Federally Licensed Firearm Dealer (FFL) you plan to use for the transfer. They can provide insights into whether a particular handgun can be legally transferred to you.
For additional information about firearm ownership in California, explore the resources available in the right column of the State of California Department of Justice Handguns Certified for Sale roster webpage, under the heading "Bureau of Firearms."
We hope this explanation helps clarify the significance of the California Handgun Roster in ensuring firearm safety and compliance within the state.