California Bullet Button Basics
Bullet Button Basics
Here we cover different options for a California Bullet Button to assist you in creating a California Compliant rifle.
What is a Bullet Button?
In brief, a Bullet Button is a California Compliant part that is substituted for the magazine release on an “Assault Rifle”. The purpose of the California Bullet Button is to create a “non-detachable magazine”.
There are 3 categories of an “Assault Rifle” in California and 3 major updates to the law. The first 2 categories name “Assault Rifles” by Manufacturer and Model specifically. The 3rd category specifies an “Assault Rifle” by generic characteristics. The 3rd category, Penal Code Section 12276.1, is what will be discussing here. However, it is important to understand that category 3 regulations are a complement to the first 2. It does not supersede them and all firearms in those categories are still considered “Assault Rifles”, no matter what their characteristics. The direct verbiage from The California Assault Rifle Guide follows:
Generic Characteristics Defining Assault Weapons:
12276.1 (a) Notwithstanding Penal Code section 12276, “assault weapon” shall also mean the following:
(1) A semiautomatic, centerfire rifle that has the capacity to accept a detachable magazine and any one of
(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
(3) A semiautomatic, centerfire rifle that has an overall length of less than 30 inches.
Note: Bayonets and bayonet lugs are not assault weapon characteristics under California law.
So, we can see by this definition that a semiautomatic, centerfire rifle that has the ability to hold more that 10rds is classified as an “Assault Rifle” by California Rifle and Pistol laws. The same for a semiautomatic, centerfire rifle that is less than 30″ in overall length. Sidenote-If the rifle folds or collapses, the length is measured in the shortest configuration IF the firearm is fire-able in this position.
If the rifle falls under sections 2 or 3, it is an “Assault Rifle” in California and illegal by California law if not registered in accordance with the provisions of the law. If it doesn’t fall into sections 2 or 3, we have some room to play.
By creating a non-detachable magazine, a California “Assault Rifle” will no longer be considered an “Assault Rifle” under the Category Three portion of the California Assault Rifle Law. Also, if the firearm is chambered for a rimfire cartridge, it does not fall under the category 3 restrictions.
This addresses one of three components of the Category Three restrictions. Please read the California Assault Rifle Guide to ensure that your are not violating the other restrictions in Category One, Category Two, or Category Three.
With some sort of Magazine Lock, the rifle can have all the accessories labeled A through F and still be a California Compliant firearm. California Bullet Buttons combine the ability to comply with California “Assault Rifle” law and still be able to change magazines at the range or as necessary.
There are now a variety of Magazine Locks, California Buttons, and Bullet Buttons that you can use to build a California Legal “Assault Rifle” or convert an existing firearm into a California Compliant version.
Here are a few of the most popular California “Assault Rifles” that have a California Bullet Button or Magazine Lock available to create a California Compliant “Assault Rifle”: