California assault rifle owners are facing a deadline to register their firearms

California gun owners from Thursday get another chance to register and keep a type of firearm that is now illegal to buy under the state expanded definition of assault weapons.

The registration period is for those who have legally purchased so-called bullet-button attack weapons.

The bullet buttons allow users to quickly exchange ammunition magazines using a small tool or the tip of a bullet.

California lawmakers banned guns with that feature in 2016. However, those who purchased them before the law went into effect on January 1, 2017, are still allowed to own them if they register the guns with the state.

This is the second time the state has opened a registration window, after critics said it failed the first attempt in 2018. Gun owners said California’s online registration system went down or timed out as they repeatedly tried to register their weapons using various web browsers, hardware and more devices.

The Attorney General’s Office settled a resultant lawsuit in March by agreeing to reopen the registration window and not hold any owners responsible for ignoring the registration deadline of July 1, 2018.

A gun owner’s lawyer, George M. Lee, estimated at the time that the takeover would apply to “possibly tens of thousands of gun owners.”

That new registration window will run from kl. 9 Thursday to kl. 9 on April 12th.

Owners will have to claim under penalty of perjury that they tried to register their weapons before the original registration deadline in 2018, but that they could not due to technical issues.

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