that California has passed the 50 caliber ban, does that mean that
ARM USA will be going out of business??
we have specialized in 50 calibers over the last several years, we're
not going anywhere!!! We have roughly 150 members of ARM USA's GunRunners
Club, and that's what we want to focus on. That's why we moved into
a smaller, more cozy store, so we can cater to our members. We've worked
hard to get where we are now. We just leased our new location and we
still have a job to do! Although we may have lost the 50 cal battle,
there are more battles to fight. With the help of gun owners and freedom
lovers such as you, someday we hope to win the war.
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- 50 Caliber Ban
AB50 did is define a "50
caliber BMG rifle" and added the 50 caliber BMG rifle to existing "Dangerous
Weapons Control Laws" so that 50s are now considered "Assault
Weapons." What this means is that a BOLT-ACTION rifle, the same
type of action your father and uncle use to hunt elk and deer, is
now considered an assault weapon (AW). It's just a larger caliber.
It also went further than the 1989 and 1999 Assault Weapons (AW) laws insofaras
it defined what a 50 Caliber BMG cartridge is by specifying precise dimensions.
50 cals are still available?
Every day the availability
diminishes. Whereas 2 weeks ago we could guarantee you'd get an EDM
Arms Windrunner, such is no longer the case. At this point
we can still get the Cobb FA 50(T), LAR Grizzly, Ultimate Accuracy
AMAC 5100, and
EDM Arms Model 96 Windrunner, Model 99 single-shot take-down, Barrett
82A1CAL. The answer can change in no time, so we suggest getting
in ASAP if you
a 50 cal
According to Bonnie at the DOJ,
you may puchase a 50 Caliber rifle up through, and including, December
31, 2004, as long as they are still available. Paperwork musst be run
no later than 12/31/04. We DO NOT anticipate having any rifles left
at the end of the year. Keep in mind we will probably close early for
New Year's Eve.
is the last day to buy a 50 cal? Can I still purchase a 50 Caliber Rifle?
According to NAte Barrell at the DOJ, ".50 BMG rifles may be transferred
via the DROS process on or before December 31, 2004. Asssuming a
customers DROS was initiated on December 31, 2004, he or she may
take possession of the firearm up until 30 days from the date of
the DROS submission which will no doubt be in January 2005."
you may puchase a 50 Caliber rifle up through, and including,
December 31, 2004, as long as they are still available. Paperwork
no later than 12/31/04. We DO NOT anticipate having any rifles
left at the end of the year. Back
am serving in the military and will not be back in time to get a 50 before
the end of the year, or I will not be back in time to register the one
I already own. Are there exceptions for military personnel??
I am sorry
to say that while you are over there fighting for our freedoms, stupid
this state are taking YOURS away. Unfortunately, there are no exceptions
for military personnel abroad. If you do not already own a 50 cal,
you will NOT be able to purchase one after December 31, 2004.
When I posed that question to the DOJ, I received this response: "Any
person who lawfully possesses a .50 BMG rifle on or before December 31,
2004 or completes
the DROS process for a .50 BMG rifle onor before December 31, 2004 and maintains
a valid CA Drivers License/ ID may complete a .50 BMG registration viamail
regardless of where they are during the January 2005 - April 2006 registration
if you own a 50 caliber rifle that is here in CA, please be sure to have
or a friend obvtain the registration form for you from
the DOJ. You will have to mail the form in yourself. One glitch may
be that you might not be able to obtain the required fingerprints depending on
where you are stationed. Remember to register it by April 30,
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50 Caliber Ammunition be Banned?
revisions of AB50 including prohibitions agains the sale, purchase and
of 50 BMG cartridges
specifically 12020. (a)(34) thru 12020. (a)(36) ). However, revisions
were made to AB50 along the way which eliminated those prohibitions.
For the complete listing
of AB50 revisions, see: http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/pub/03-04/bill/asm/ab_0001-
and SEARCH for AB50, Author Koretz, in the 2003-2004 session.
So, as it sits, "Assembly Bill 50 does not place
any restrictions, limitations, etc. on the purchase of, possession
of, etc. .50 BMG ammunition."
Beware of unscruplulous dealers
trying to create a 50 cal ammo buying frenzy. The ammo has NOT been
What are the registration requirements?
Registration requirements, (according to CA's Assault Weapon Registration
Application Form #FD 023) if they ask the same things as last time, include
your name, address, CA ID #, and personally identifying characteristics
(like those on your license anyways) and phone number. As far as the
guns themselves, it asks for make, model, serial number, type (i.e. Pistol,
Rifle, Shotgun), the DATE OF ACQUISITION and FROM WHOM ACQUIRED. (So
you'll need the name of the dealer and the date of (I assume) pickup.
The cards must be submitted with $25 (the law specifies that is the max
they can charge) per person, regardless of the number of rifles or AW
reg. apps. you fill out (the applications hold 5 per page if they are
the same as preivous applications).
you may jointly register
a 50 BMG rifle,
provided you live in the same household. So, if your son or daughter
is 18 and lives with you, you may BOTH fill out the AW reg. app. with
same the rifle info, and send them both in, BOTH the required fee.
Same goes for husband-wife, brothers, etc, as the form specifies "family
members." It is important to double check with the DOJ if you
have any questions about your specific situation.
Time Limit for Registration
You must register a 50 BMG
rifle no later than April 30, 2006. There is no grace period for registration.
If you attempt to register an assault weapon after April 30, 2006,
you WILL be visited by MIB and your rifle will be confiscated. We recommend
you get your registration in EARLY - DO NOT PROCRASTINATE.
Where can I get a
forms should be available from your local FFL by next week at the lates.
They are available directly from the CA
Department of Justice, however, the DOJ prefers to have you pick
them up from a dealer. If you do not have a dealer close by or your
dealer is out of them, you may contact the DOJ at (916)263-4887. They
are NOT be available online. We have placed .jpgs of the registration
form below, but to the best of our knowledge, you must obtain an original
DOJ issued form for registration. The pictures below are shown FOR
INFORMATIONAL PURPOSES ONLY so you will know what information is required.
Please note that the form does NOT ask for barrel length, or whether
you received a complete rifle or simply a receiver. Only provide information
on the form which is specifically requested. Failure to complete forms
correclty may result in delay or denial of your registration. Always
send your forms in via Certified Mail with Signature required so you
can guarantee receipt. Also, we urge you to make copies before sending
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8-Repairing your 50 cal. after the
As far as repairs go, if you need to ship it out for
repairs, you must ship it through an AW dealer (i.e. and FFL who has paid
extra money to be
able to repair, sell and handle AWs, and has acquired the permit from
the DOJ (which is NO fun, because we have to keep track of all the AWs
AND complete detailed reporting each year)). AW dealers are few and far
between, and just getting fewer and further between. Keep in mind that
for an AW dealer to keep your gun overnight for repairs or to send it
out of state for you for repairs, we must have a copy of your AW registration
papers, as the info thereon is required in our annual reports.
You can see CA DOJ's FAQs page here:
9-Purchasing 50 BMG receivers as a
low cost alternative
Some manufacturers are making receivers as quickly as they can in order
to accomodate CA residents. Those manufacturers include Barrett, Cobb
Mfg., EDM Arms, Armalite, Serbu, Anzio, TNW and Ultimate Accuracy.
As far as the single shot AR-15
receivers go, ARM USA is STILL of the position
that that lower is STILL an AR-15 receiver, which is not legal under CA
law. Although the Department of Justice may have approved it (I assume,
as evidenced by DPMS and others making a single shot receiver), we choose
not to sell the receivers. Remember the DOJ allowed guys to register their
AKs back in, what, 1989 (?), beyond the initial registration's ending date,
and the AG got sued and lost. Lots of guys registered them back then, relying
on the DOJ's determination, and a lot of guys got their guns confiscated,
and some officers lost their jobs, having then been arrested or convicted
of firearms laws violations. Buy them or sell them if you wish - it's just
not a battle that WE choose to engage in.
10- Can I
shoot my 50 caliber rifle on BLM land?
According to a letter from the Bureau of Land management (BLM), you may
shoot your 50 caliber rifle on BLM land (as well as other assault weapons).
which is on the official Department of the Interior website. In case the
government website is down, a backup copy is saved here.
If you still have questions that are not answered by this letter, please
use the contact information provided in the letter.
someone be producing a .499 BMG cartridge or something like it?
Well, this IS America, isn't it? Yes! Plans
are already in the works for chambering some large caliber rifles in
a caliber that has already been in use in Europe for about 5 years. It's
the .510 DTC Europ. It is 100/1000ths shorter and has a steeper shoulder
angle than the 50 BMG cartridge. A couple of prototypes should be ready
as early as January.
does the 50 BMG Registration form look like?
We have scanned the form and posted it below. Keep
in mind that the registration form that you complete and send to the
DOJ MUST BE AN ORIGINAL! This form is posted for reference
ONLY. (See bottom of page.)
If you have any questions about the ban, please send us an email:
We'll post more info and FAQS as we
field and answer the Qs.
PO Box 1149
Anaheim, CA 92815-1149