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San Diego Criminal Lawyer | Assault with a Deadly Weapon Attorney

Definition of "Assault Weapon"

California Penal Code § 30510
California Penal Code § 30515

 

There are two penal codes that define an "Assault Weapon" in California PC§ 30510 and PC § 30515. Assault weapons are prescribed by statute - which means, a jury must use these guidelines when determining whether a person is accused of a crime that can be enhanced on the basis of use or possession of an assault weapon. 

 

This law was originally written in 1991, so many of the models listed in PC§ 30510 and some of the manufactureres are out of date. That is why congress chose to write a broad definition of an "Assault Weapon" so that it described the actions and features of the weapon and not just the the particular model or manufacturer. Many of the properties of assault weapons listed in PC § 3051 are popular modifications such as a threaded barrel or forward grip 

 

The California Attorney General's Office maintains a list of Frequently Asked Questions about assault weapons, inlcuding an explanation of what to do if you inherit an Assault Weapon by will or bequest. For more information on the permissible use of assault weapons, check with the Attorney Generals office or consult with a california criminal lawyer. 

Weapons Listed in Penal Code 30510

(a) All of the following specified rifles: 

(1) All AK series including, but not limited to, the models identified as follows: 

(A) Made in China AK, AKM, AKS, AK47, AK47S, 56, 56S, 84S, and 86S. 

(B) Norinco 56, 56S, 84S, and 86S. 

(C) Poly Technologies AKS and AK47. 

(D) MAADI AK47 and ARM.

(2) UZI and Galil. 

(3) Beretta AR-70. 

(4) CETME Sporter. 

(5) Colt AR-15 series. 

(6) Daewoo K-1, K-2, Max 1, Max 2, AR 100, and AR 110C. 

(7) Fabrique Nationale FAL, LAR, FNC, 308 Match, and Sporter. 

(8) MAS 223. 

(9) HK-91, HK-93, HK-94, and HK-PSG-1. 

(10) The following MAC types: 

(A) RPB Industries Inc. sM10 and sM11. 

(B) SWD Incorporated M11. 

(11) SKS with detachable magazine. 

(12) SIG AMT, PE-57, SG 550, and SG 551. 

(13) Springfield Armory BM59 and SAR-48. 

(14) Sterling MK-6. 

(15) Steyer AUG. 

(16) Valmet M62S, M71S, and M78S. 

(17) Armalite AR-180. 

(18) Bushmaster Assault Rifle. 

(19) Calico M-900. 

(20) J&R ENG M-68. 

(21) Weaver Arms Nighthawk. 

(b) All of the following specified pistols: 

(1) UZI. 

(2) Encom MP-9 and MP-45. 

(3) The following MAC types: 

(A) RPB Industries Inc. sM10 and sM11. 

(B) SWD Incorporated M-11. 

(C) Advance Armament Inc. M-11. 

(D) Military Armament Corp. Ingram M-11. 

(4) Intratec TEC-9. 

(5) Sites Spectre. 

(6) Sterling MK-7. 

(7) Calico M-950. 

(8) Bushmaster Pistol. 

(c) All of the following specified shotguns: 

(1) Franchi SPAS 12 and LAW 12. 

(2) Striker 12. 

(3) The Streetsweeper type S/S Inc. SS/12. 

(d) Any firearm declared to be an assault weapon by the court pursuant to former Section 12276.5, as it read in Section 3 of Chapter 19 of the Statutes of 1989, Section 1 of Chapter 874 of the Statutes of 1990, or Section 3 of Chapter 954 of the Statutes of 1991, which is specified as an assault weapon in a list promulgated pursuant to former Section 12276.5, as it read in Section 3 of Chapter 954 of the Statutes of 1991.. 

 

Weapons Described by Penal Code 3051

(a) Notwithstanding Section 30510, "assault weapon" also means any of the following: 

(1) A semiautomatic, centerfire rifle that has the capacity to accept a detachable magazine and any one of the following: 

(A) A pistol grip that protrudes conspicuously beneath the action of the weapon. 

(B) A thumbhole stock. 

(C) A folding or telescoping stock. 

(D) A grenade launcher or flare launcher. 

(E) A flash suppressor. 

(F) A forward pistol grip. 

(2) A semiautomatic, centerfire rifle that has a fixed magazine with the capacity to accept more than 10 rounds. 

(3) A semiautomatic, centerfire rifle that has an overall length of less than 30 inches. 

(4) A semiautomatic pistol that has the capacity to accept a detachable magazine and any one of the following: 

(A) A threaded barrel, capable of accepting a flash suppressor, forward handgrip, or silencer. 

(B) A second handgrip. 

(C) A shroud that is attached to, or partially or completely encircles, the barrel that allows the bearer to fire the weapon without burning the bearer's hand, except a slide that encloses the barrel. 

(D) The capacity to accept a detachable magazine at some location outside of the pistol grip. 

(5) A semiautomatic pistol with a fixed magazine that has the capacity to accept more than 10 rounds. (6) A semiautomatic shotgun that has both of the following: 

(A) A folding or telescoping stock. 

(B) A pistol grip that protrudes conspicuously beneath the action of the weapon, thumbhole stock, or vertical handgrip.

(7) A semiautomatic shotgun that has the ability to accept a detachable magazine. 

(8) Any shotgun with a revolving cylinder. 

 

(b) The Legislature finds a significant public purpose in exempting from the definition of "assault weapon" pistols that are designed expressly for use in Olympic target shooting events. Therefore, those pistols that are sanctioned by the International Olympic Committee and by USA Shooting, the national governing body for international shooting competition in the United States, and that were used for Olympic target shooting purposes as of January 1, 2001, and that would otherwise fall within the definition of "assault weapon" pursuant to this section are exempt, as provided in subdivision (c). 

 

(c) "Assault weapon" does not include either of the following: 

(1) Any antique firearm. 

(2) Any of the following pistols, because they are consistent with the significant public purpose expressed in subdivision (b): 

BENELLI MP90 .22, LR 

BENELLI MP90 .32. S&W LONG 

BENELLI MP95 .22. LR 

BENELLI MP95 .32 S&W LONG 

HAMMERLI 280 .22LR 

HAMMERLI 280 .32 S&W LONG 

HAMMERLI SP20 .22LR 

HAMMERLI SP20 .32 S&W LONG 

PARDINI GPO .22 SHORT 

PARDINI GP-SCHUMANN .22 SHORT 

PARDINI HP .32 S&W LONG 

PARDINI MP .32 S&W LONG 

PARDINI SP .22LR 

PARDINI SPE .22LR 

WALTHER GSP .22LR 

WALTHER GSP .32 S&W LONG 

WALTHER OSP .22 SHORT 

WALTHER OSP-2000 .22 SHORT