FAQ

GENERAL FAQ

Q: Is the firearm I want to purchase on the roster?

A: If you would like to check if the firearm you are interested in is on the roster, please refer to the CA DOJ approved firearms list.

Q: Is the lock that comes with my new gun CA Approved?

A: If you would like to find out if the lock that comes with your new firearm is CA approved, please refer to the CA DOJ’s list of approved locks.

Q: How do I check If I can purchase a firearm?

A: To find out if you qualify to purchase a firearm, please check the list of requirements.

Q: What is the definition of “DROS” and how does it apply?

A: The DROS is the “Dealers Record of Sale” form that must be filled out each time a firearm is purchased. The DROS form completed for handgun transfers contains information about both the firearm buyer and the firearm itself (make, model, serial number, etc.). This information is used by the Department of Justice to run the criminal and mental history background check on the buyer and to register the handgun. Handgun registrations are actually done and maintained by the Department of Justice, but local law enforcement agencies have access to them 24 hours a day. The DROS form completed for rifle and shotgun transfers contains no information about these firearms and they are not registered. The “DROS fee” collected by the firearms dealer is sent to the Department of Justice along with the DROS form to pay for the Department’s cost of conducting the criminal and mental history background check. By state law, the department is not allowed to charge any more than its actual costs. It is expressly prohibited from making a profit on the DROS fee. The firearms dealer is required to keep a copy of this DROS form on file for three years during which time virtually any law enforcement agency or officer can have access to it. There is, however, a prohibition against law enforcement retaining any information from the dealer’s file copy. It should be noted, though, that federal law requires dealers to keep the Federal Form 4473 on file for twenty years. This 4473 form, which is completed by all firearms buyers, contains specific information about both the purchaser and the rifle, pistol, or shotgun purchase.

SINGLE SHOT EXEMPTION FAQ

Q: Where (in the law) does it say that I can convert a gun back to normal capacity?

A: If not prohibited by the law, it is legal. In this case, you are merely performing gunsmithing work. Just keep AW laws in mind.

Q: How come I can convert my gun back without the help of an 07 FFL?

A: Once the gun is in your possession, you are performing gunsmithing work to the gun.

Q: Can I shoot my gun in single shot exempt form?

A: Yes, and in theory nothing out of the ordinary should happen. Is it recommended? No.

Q: Why won’t a shop ABC convert gun XYZ?

A: There are a few possible reasons. First, the gun’s design could make a conversion cost/time prohibitive. Secondly, there may not be enough demand for this particular gun. In this case, you could try and organize a group buy to demonstrate demand, or pay more. Finally, the shop may be so overloaded with work that your particular gun is just not high enough on their list yet. In this case, a group buy may or may not bump your gun up on the priority list.

Q: Does this process work for revolvers?

A: Yes, there are somewhat different requirements, but the process works for revolvers as well.

Q: If I decide to sell this gun later, what happens?

A: You can sell it the same way as any other on-roster gun in CA.

Q: What will it say on my DROS?

A: Under type – single shot exempt.

Q: My favorite shop doesn’t believe these conversions are legal or nor will they take these as a transfer from another shop, how can I convince them?

A: Unfortunately, many shops don’t feel comfortable with things that are completely legal. The best you can do is to show them the penal code and/or direct them to the CGF legal team if they are willing. But it will be to their discretion to accept or willing to do any type of single shot conversion.

Q: Can I use a gun transferred in this way on my CCW?

A: Yes. The gun, once returned to its original configuration, is fine to put on your CCW, like any other off-roster pistol.