Existing law requires a person that is manufacturing a firearm or assembling a firearm from unserialized components, to apply to the Department of Justice for a unique mark of identification and to affix that mark to the firearm, as specified. Existing law prohibits a person, corporation, or firm from knowingly manufacturing or assembling, or to knowingly cause, allow, facilitate, aid, or abet the manufacture or assembling of, a firearm that is not imprinted with a valid state or federal serial number or mark of identification. Under existing law, a person who knowingly possesses a firearm that does not have a valid state or federal serial number or mark of identification is guilty of a misdemeanor.
This bill would, until January 1, 2033, require the Department of Justice to collect and report specified information, including, among other things, the number and disposition of arrests made for violations of the provisions mentioned above, as specified. The bill would require the department to prepare and distribute a report, as specified, commencing on July 1, 2025, and annually thereafter, that includes the data collected.

Statutes affected:
AB97: 23920 PEN, 29180 PEN
01/09/23 - Introduced: 23920 PEN, 29180 PEN
03/08/23 - Amended Assembly: 23920 PEN, 29180 PEN
AB 97: 23920 PEN, 29180 PEN