Back in July, California Gov. Jerry Brown announced the signing of Assembly Bill 857, which requires any person who assembles or manufactures homemade firearms to first apply for a unique marking or serial number from the California Department of Justice.
In addition to requiring the unique marker, the measure also requires that it be affixed to the homemade weapon. Such self-assembled firearms are also now prohibited from sale or transfer.
In essence, the law is aimed at preventing individuals who are banned from possessing or purchasing firearms in the state from making their own instead. Due to evolving three-dimensional printing technologies, it has become increasingly feasible for individuals to craft guns out of plastics or metal.
The signing of the law comes on the heels of renewed measures to strengthen California gun laws, which are already considered the strictest in the country.
Gun Crime Defense in California
Though the Second Amendment guarantees the right to bear arms, that does not necessarily mean that states can’t impose their own regulations on the owning and carrying of firearms. And while such restrictions are intended to protect legal gun owners, they can present their fair share of challenges in the event someone is accused of a gun-related crime.
According to recent census figures, which are collected by the federal government and substantiated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), more than 21 percent of Californians are gun owners. However, gun owners in California are subject to far stricter laws compared to other states in the country – the strictest, in fact.
As a result, a number of Californians find themselves at the center of gun-related crimes every year, some of which may carry heavy financial penalties, or even risk incarceration. For example, according to state law, those found guilty of carrying a loaded firearm are subject to up to a year in prison and a fine of no more than $1,000.
If you or someone you love stands accused of a gun-related offense, it is important that you enlist the assistance of a criminal defense attorney as soon as possible. Only a qualified attorney can help you address the key questions in your case according to the state statutes, including:
- Were your weapons seized legally?
- Was the weapon located inside your home or business?
- Was the weapon carried in self-defense?
- Did arresting officers advise you of your Miranda Rights?
Gun Crime Attorneys in Los Angeles
For those residing in Southern California and the City of Los Angeles, the legal team at Kestenbaum Law Group serves as the premier defense resource for those facing criminal charges, including charges stemming from gun-related offenses.
Our firm’s founder, David S. Kestenbaum, has specialized in criminal law for more than 30 years, and our team of dedicated attorneys have build a proven record of success in handling these types of claims. No matter what the conditions are surrounding your gun-related charge, our attorneys are prepared to work with you to build a sound defense.
Our firm is standing by prepared to assist you today. To schedule an initial consultation with a member of our criminal defense team to discuss your case, contact Kestenbaum Law Group at (818) 616-4312.