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SB-1456 Firearms: Assault weapons and .50 BMG rifles: exemptions.(2013-2014)

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Amended  IN  Senate  May 06, 2014

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2013–2014 REGULAR SESSION

Senate Bill
No. 1456


Introduced by Senator Nielsen

February 21, 2014


An act to amend Section 30625 of add Section 30626 to the Penal Code, relating to firearms.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


SB 1456, as amended, Nielsen. Firearms: Assault weapons and .50 BMG rifles: exemptions.
Existing law generally makes it a crime to possess, manufacture, distribute, transport, import for sale, keep for sale, offer or expose for sale, or give or lend any assault weapon or .50 BMG rifle. Under existing law, these prohibitions on assault weapons and .50 BMG rifles do not apply to the sale to, purchase by, importation of by, or possession by, the Department of Justice, the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, or to any police department or sheriff’s office, among other entities.
This bill would also make the above prohibitions inapplicable to the sale to, purchase by, importation of, or possession of, assault weapons or .50 BMG rifles by sale of an assault weapon or a .50 BMG rifle to, or the purchase, importation, or possession of an assault weapon or a .50 BMG rifle by, the Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. The bill would authorize the department to issue an assault weapon or a .50 BMG rifle to a peace officer employed by the department for use in performing the officer’s duties, as specified.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: NOYES   Local Program: NO  

The people of the State of California do enact as follows:


SECTION 1.

 Section 30626 is added to the Penal Code, to read:

30626.
 (a) Sections 30600, 30605, and 30610 do not apply to the sale of an assault weapon or a .50 BMG rifle to, or the purchase, importation, or possession of an assault weapon or a .50 BMG rifle by, the Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.
(b) The Department of Forestry and Fire Protection may issue an assault weapon or .50 BMG rifle to a sworn peace officer within the department if the department determines that an assault weapon or .50 BMG rifle is necessary for the officer to perform his or her duties.
(c) Sections 30605 and 30610 do not prohibit the possession or use in the course and scope of an officer’s duties of an assault weapon or .50 BMG rifle by a sworn peace officer who is employed by the Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.

SECTION 1.Section 30625 of the Penal Code is amended to read:
30625.

Sections 30600, 30605, and 30610 shall not apply to the sale to, purchase by, importation of, or possession of assault weapons or a .50 BMG rifle by the Department of Justice, police departments, sheriffs’ offices, marshals’ offices, the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, the Department of the California Highway Patrol, district attorneys’ offices, the Department of Fish and Wildlife, the Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, the Department of Parks and Recreation, or the military or naval forces of this state or of the United States, or any federal law enforcement agency for use in the discharge of their official duties.