Exemptions for Non Rostered Handguns

There are a few exemptions for handguns that are not on the CA DOJ Roster. (a) below is for single action revolvers and (b) below is for single shot exempt pistols. If the pistol you are looking for meets either of these 2 exemptions it does not have to be on the CA DOJ Roster to be legal to purchase direct from a dealer.

12133. (a) The provisions of this chapter shall not apply to a single-action revolver that has at least a 5-cartridge capacity with a barrel length of not less than three inches, and meets any of the following specifications:

(1) Was originally manufactured prior to 1900 and is a curio or relic, as defined in Section 478.11 of Title 27 of the Code of Federal Regulations.
(2) Has an overall length measured parallel to the barrel of at least 7 1/2 inches when the handle, frame or receiver, and barrel are assembled.
(3) Has an overall length measured parallel to the barrel of at least 7 1/2 inches when the handle, frame or receiver, and barrel are assembled and that is currently approved for importation into the United States pursuant to the provisions of paragraph (3) of subsection (d) of Section 925 of Title 18 of the United States Code.

(b) The provisions of this chapter shall not apply to a single-shot pistol with a barrel length of not less than six inches and that has an overall length of at least 10 1/2 inches when the handle, frame or receiver, and barrel are assembled.

Additionally, Face-to-Face Private Party or Consignment transfers are exempt from the CA DOJ Roster as well.

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