The California Handgun Roster & Microstamping

The History of the California Handgun Roster / Microstamping Laws

1/1/2001: CA laws (SB 15 – 2000) creating a Roster of “not unsafe” handguns certified for sale are enforced.

1/1/2006: CA law (SB 489 – 2003) requiring loaded chamber indicator or magazine disconnect for all new semi-automatic centerfire handguns added to Roster is enforced; CA law (SB 489 – 2003) requiring magazine disconnect for all new rimfire semi-handguns added to Roster enforced.

1/1/2007: CA law (SB 489 – 2003) requiring both loaded chamber indicator and magazine disconnect for all new semi-automatic centerfire handguns added to Roster enforced.

4/30/2009: The Calguns Foundation and 5 other plaintiffs (including the Second Amendment Foundation) filed a federal Second Amendment civil rights lawsuit called Peña v. Cid (now captioned Peña v. Lindley) against the California Department of Justice that challenged the constitutionality of the state’s “Handgun Roster” laws. (The lawsuit was later amended to challenge the “microstamping” requirement after Attorney General Kamala Harris put that part of the law into effect. See below.)

5/17/2013: CA law (AB 1471 – 2008) requiring “microstamping” for all semi-automatic handguns to be added to Roster enforced by CA Attorney General Kamala Harris (CA DOJ).

The Peña case is helmed by civil rights attorneys Alan Gura, Donald Kilmer, and Jason Davis. To support Peña v. Lindley and other Second Amendment lawsuits please make a tax-deductible donation.

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