Clovis, Calif. - With a change in state law happening on January 1st, Wednesday is the last day left to purchase an assault rifle legally in California. Starting in 2017, no one will be able to legally buy or sell assault rifles in the State of California because of a bill signed into law by the governor in July that sets new standards for guns in the state.
With a ten day waiting period for anyone purchasing guns in California, Wednesday December 21st is the last chance to buy an assault rifle before new laws prevent it.
"AK-47s and AR-15s are the two main guns. The AR15 is the number one selling gun in America," said Jacob Belemjian.
Belemjian, the owner of The Firing Line in Clovis says California law now defines an assault rifle as a semi-automatic rifle with a detachable magazine and any of the following features...
"A collapsible foldable stock, a pistol grip that protrudes below the trigger guard, a forward pistol grip, flash hider," said Belemjian.
As a result guns like the AR15 are selling out at most gun shops.
"I bought this ten days ago with my buddy. We actually shot an AR15. I looked around at four different gun shops in Clovis," said Rob Chapa.
Chapa is one of many Californians who bought an AR15 before it's too late.
"It's just a long gun. It's a hobbyist gun. We have taken it hunting a handful of times, but it just blows my mind that it's going to be considered an assault rifle," said Chapa.
Possessing an assault rifle illegally, or failing to register it with the Department of Justice by 2018 carries serious consequences.
"These are felonies. They are not messing around. These are felonies," said Belemjian.
And going out of state for the guns isn't an option.
"You have to reside in the state you make the purchase and California is no different. Nobody can come to California from another state and purchase a firearm. Just like nobody from California can go to another state and purchase a firearm there," said Belemjian.
Under the state law people who legally possess assault rifles will not be able to share them with anyone else. If they die, their guns will have to be sent out of state, or turned over to law enforcement to be destroyed.