Calico .22LR Magazines Not Exempted Under CA Law

I recently wrote to the Attorney General of California asking if they believed that Calico .22LR magazines are exempted from their high-capacity magazine regulations as a ".22 caliber tube ammunition feeding device".

Their official repsonse is reproduced below, and a scanned copy of the actual letter may be viewed here.


BILL LOCKYER
Attorney General


State of California

DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE


FIREARMS DIVISION
P.O. BOX 160487
SACRAMENTO, CA 95816-0487
Public: (916) 227-3703
Facsimile: (916) 263-0676

December 5, 2000

Mr. XX
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RE: Large Capacity Magazine Question

Dear: Mr. XX:

This is in response to your question regarding the large capacity magazine exemption for a .22 caliber tube ammunition feeding device.

It is the opinion of the Department of Justice, Firearms Division, that the intent of the California Legislature in providing an exemption for large capacity magazines regarding ".22 caliber tube ammunition feeding device," would not include a "drum" or "helical" magazine, such as the supplied picture of the Calico 100 round magazine. Therefore, the transfer of such a magazine of over 10 rounds would only be allowed to exempted parties pursuant to Penal Code section 12020(b)(19), after December 31, 1999.

If you have any questions, please contact the Firearms Division at (916) 227-3703 or write the Department of Justice, P.O. Box 160487, Sacramento, CA 95816-0487. Additonal information is available on our Web page at: http://caag.state.ca.us/firearms/ .

Sincerely,
(signed)
DENNIS C. HILBURN
Field Representative
Firearms Program

For: BILL LOCKYER
Attorney General