For shooters in California, today might mark a sad day for you. Of course, 2016 in total has been a pretty sad year for gun owners in California, so this might not come as too much of a shock. Arsenal, one of the top producers of the AK-family of rifles here in the US, is set to halt production of their California-compliant models. Yes, that means all of you reading in California will soon find that getting your hands on a model legal in your state will become that much more difficult.
Why Are They Ceasing Production?
If you live in California, you likely already know the answer to this. In a move that many gun owners have dubbed “gunmageddon,” a series of gun laws have been pushed through the California state legislature that have a huge impact on anyone exercising their 2nd Amendment rights. To start with, these laws reclassify hundreds of rifles as “assault weapons,” which, in California, means you can’t get your hands on them. They also have banned the popular Bullet Button.
The Bullet Button is a popular feature throughout California-compliant weapons, replacing the standard magazine release with a system that requires tools to remove the magazine. Casual gun owners in the state have more or less adapted to this, as it doesn’t inconvenience them too much during target practice. Unfortunately, banning this device means that many manufactures no longer have an alternative fit for the state.
A Statement from Arsenal
With these changes in mind, it makes sense for a company like Arsenal to make an announcement that they are canceling future production for the state. In fact, it is expected that many other manufacturers will be unable to continue production of California-compliant models as well, at least until this is all sorted out.
To make their stance clear, Arsenal released a statement that read:
Arsenal Inc. appreciates the Second Amendment supporters and our enthusiasts from California and we remain dedicated to the right to bear arms for everyone.
However, given the current laws and regulations in California and with less than three months left for the new laws to take effect, we regret to announce that the production of two of our California compliant rifles, the SAM7SF-84C and SAM7UF-85C has come to an end as of October 10th, 2016. All components for making the SAM7UF and SAM7SF into fixed stock California compliant rifles have been manufactured and the last units have rolled out of our production lines.
Other Frightening New Gun Measures in California
Living in California has always been a challenge for gun owners, but with the passing of these “gunmageddon” laws, it has become that much more difficult. Beyond just reclassifying certain rifles as “assault weapons,” this new law implements a variety of other nonsense changes. Among them, there is now a hard ban on any magazines that exceed 10-round capacity. More important for everyday shooters, all ammunition purchases will require a background check.
Perhaps most frightening for the local residents, these laws are also being pushed through to the state constitution and if resistance isn’t mustered, it will make repealing the new measures difficult to say the least. While Arsenal is proactive in declaring their inability to service the state, you might want to keep your eyes peeled for similar news coming from all variety of vendors around the country.
Committed to Doing What We Can
While the future is still unsure for California, Omaha Outdoors is committed to standing by our loyal customers there. Though the list of legal firearms may be shrinking, we will do our best to provide any legal firearms and ship them to your local FFL as we can. Hopefully, these developments won’t be final. In the meantime, we will still be selling to those in California who can deal with all of these requirements.
Are you a California resident dealing with these new measures? Let us know what you think about this in the comments below.