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Jason Davis was specially recognized by the State of California Law Revision Commission for his representation of national and state firearm associations in facilitating the California Law Revision Commission’s rewriting of California’s Dangerous Weapon provisions of the Penal Code in an attempt to clarify, without substantially altering, California vast field of firearms and weapons laws.

Summary:

This study resulted in relocation of the laws governing control of deadly weapons. To assist persons using those laws, the Commission prepared a disposition table showing where each provision was relocated. The Commission’s staff later updated that table to reflect legislation enacted in 2011 (after the recodification but before its operative date). The updated disposition table is available in Word or pdf format.
To further assist persons using the deadly weapon statutes, the Commission’s staff also prepared a reverse disposition table, which lists each new code section and shows its source. The reverse disposition table is available in Word or pdf format.
The original published version of the Commission’s disposition table is available in Word or pdf format, and can also be found at pages 943-995 of the Commission’s lengthy Recommendation (Final Published Version).

ACR 73 (McCarthy), enacted as Resolution Chapter 128 of the Statutes of 2006, directed the Commission to study, report on, and prepare recommended legislation to simplify and reorganize the portions of the Penal Code relating to the control of deadly weapons, without making any substantive change to the scope of criminal liability under those provisions. The Commission’s report on the matter was due by July 1, 2009.
The Commission completed its report on schedule. The report was later updated to incorporate legislation enacted in 2009, and then published.

Two bills were introduced and enacted to implement the Commission’s recommendation:
(1) SB 1080 (Committee on Public Safety), 2010 Cal. Stat. ch. 711, which contained the main proposal.
(2) SB 1115 (Committee on Public Safety), 2010 Cal. Stat. ch. 178, which contained the conforming revisions.

These bills reorganize the statutes governing control of deadly weapons in a new Part 6 of the Penal Code (Penal Code §§ 16000-34370). The new legislation has a delayed operative date of January 1, 2012.
For an explanation of how the deadly weapon statutes were reorganized, see the 31-page preliminary part prepared by the Commission, which can also be found at pages 225-256 of the Commission’s lengthy Recommendation (Final Published Version). For information on changes that were made during the legislative process, see Memo 2010-42Report of the California Law Revision Commission on Chapter 711 of the Statutes of 2010: Part 1Report of the California Law Revision Commission on Chapter 711 of the Statutes of 2010: Part 2, and Report of the California Law Revision Commission on Chapter 178 of the Statutes of 2010.
After enactment of SB 1080 and SB 1115, some further statutory clean-up was necessary to address chaptering out problems and various other matters. The Commission approved a final recommendation on the clean-up matters. A bill to implement that recommendation has been enacted (see AB 1402 (Committee on Public Safety), 2011 Cal. Stat. ch. 285). Additional clean-up work is in progress.
If you have questions or comments on this study, send an e-mail to Barbara Gaal at bgaal@clrc.ca.gov.

Related Material

Legislation

Final Recommendation

  • Recommendation —  Nonsubstantive Reorganization of Deadly Weapon Statutes: Clean-Up Legislation (Pre-Print) (February 2011)
  • Recommendation —  Nonsubstantive Reorganization of Deadly Weapon Statutes (Final Published Version)
  • Recommendation —  Nonsubstantive Reorganization of Deadly Weapon Statutes (Revised Pre-Print) (December 2009)
  • Recommendation —  Nonsubstantive Reorganization of Deadly Weapon Statutes (Pre-Print) (June 2009)

Tentative Recommendations and Other Requests for Comment

  • Tentative Rec. — Nonsubstantive Reorganization of Deadly Weapon Statutes: Clean-Up Legislation (December 2010)
  • Tentative Rec. — Nonsubstantive Reorganization of Deadly Weapon Statutes (February 2009)
  • Tentative Rec. — Nonsubstantive Reorganization of Deadly Weapon Statutes: Conforming Revisions (February 2009)

Meeting Minutes

Staff Memoranda

  • Memo 2011-3 — Nonsubstantive Reorganization of Deadly Weapon Statutes: Clean-Up Legislation (Comments on Tentative Recommendation) (02/03/2011)
  • Memo 2010-52 — Nonsubstantive Reorganization of Deadly Weapon Statutes: Clean-Up Legislation (Draft Tentative Recommendation) (12/01/2010)
  • Memo 2010-42 — Status of SB 1080 (Committee on Public Safety) and SB 1115 (Committee on Public Safety) (10/13/2010)
  • Memo 2010-33 — 2010 Legislative Program: Status of SB 1080 (Committee on Public Safety) and SB 1115 (Committee on Public Safety) (08/13/2010)
  • Memo 2009-54 — Nonsubstantive Reorganization of Deadly Weapon Statutes: Further Revisions to Incorporate 2009 Legislation (12/07/2009)
  • Memo 2009-41, Supp. 1 — Nonsubstantive Reorganization of Deadly Weapon Statutes: Senate Bill 175 (Aanestad) (10/20/2009)
  • Memo 2009-46 — Nonsubstantive Reorganization of Deadly Weapon Statutes: Corrections of 6/24/09 Pre-Print Report (10/19/2009)
  • Memo 2009-41 — Nonsubstantive Reorganization of Deadly Weapon Statutes: Legislation Enacted in 2009 (10/19/2009)
  • Memo 2009-42 — Nonsubstantive Reorganization of Deadly Weapon Statutes: Statutory References to Former Law (10/12/2009)
  • Memo 2009-27, Supp. 2 — Nonsubstantive Reorganization of Deadly Weapon Statutes (Comments on Tentative Recommendation) (06/10/2009)
  • Memo 2009-27, Supp. 1 — Nonsubstantive Reorganization of Deadly Weapon Statutes (Comments on Tentative Recommendation) (06/8/2009)
  • Memo 2009-28 — Nonsubstantive Reorganization of Deadly Weapon Statutes: Conforming Revisions (Comments on Tentative Recommendation) (06/03/2009)
  • Memo 2009-27 — Nonsubstantive Reorganization of Deadly Weapon Statutes (Comments on Tentative Recommendation) (05/26/2009)
  • Memo 2009-15 — Nonsubstantive Reorganization of Deadly Weapon Statutes: Miscellaneous Corrections (02/13/2009)
  • Memo 2009-10 — Nonsubstantive Reorganization of Deadly Weapon Statutes: Staff Draft Tentative Recommendation (Without Conforming Revisions) (02/11/2009)
  • Memo 2009-11 — Nonsubstantive Reorganization of Deadly Weapon Statutes: Staff Draft Tentative Recommendation (Conforming Revisions Only) (02/05/2009)
  • Memo 2009-9 — Nonsubstantive Reorganization of Deadly Weapon Statutes: Miscellaneous Duties of the Department of Justice (Division 12 of Title 4 of New Part 6) (01/28/2009)
  • Memo 2009-8 — Nonsubstantive Reorganization of Deadly Weapon Statutes: Firearm in Custody of Court or Law Enforcement Agency or Similar Situation (Division 11 of Title 4 of New Part 6) (01/27/2009)
  • Memo 2009-7 — Nonsubstantive Reorganization of Deadly Weapon Statutes: Short-Barreled Rifles and Short-Barreled Shotguns, Silencers, and Zip Guns (Chapters 8, 9 and 10 of Division 10 of Title 4 of New Part 6) (01/21/2009)
  • Memo 2009-6 — Nonsubstantive Reorganization of Deadly Weapon Statutes: Large-Capacity Magazines, Machineguns, and Multiburst Trigger Activators (Chapters 5, 6 and 7 of Division 10 of Title 4 of New Part 6) (01/21/2009)
  • Memo 2009-5 — Nonsubstantive Reorganization of Deadly Weapon Statutes: Body Armor and Handguns (Chapters 3 and 4 of Division 10 of Title 4 of New Part 6) (01/15/2009)
  • Memo 2009-4 — Nonsubstantive Reorganization of Deadly Weapon Statutes: Assault Weapons and .50 BMG Rifles (Chapter 2 of Division 10 of Title 4 of New Part 6) (01/09/2009)
  • Memo 2008-62, Supp. 1 — Nonsubstantive Reorganization of Deadly Weapon Statutes (Staff Draft Preliminary Part) (12/08/2008)
  • Memo 2008-61 — Nonsubstantive Reorganization of Deadly Weapon Statutes: List of Minor Clean-up Issues for Possible Future Legislative Attention (12/08/2008)
  • Memo 2008-59, Supp. 1 — Nonsubstantive Reorganization of Deadly Weapon Statutes: Assault Weapons and .50 BMG Rifles (12/08/2008)
  • Memo 2008-60 — Nonsubstantive Reorganization of Deadly Weapon Statutes: Disposition Table (12/05/2008)
  • Memo 2008-59 — Nonsubstantive Reorganization of Deadly Weapon Statutes: Title 4 (Divisions 7-10) of New Part 6 (12/05/2008)
  • Memo 2008-58 — Nonsubstantive Reorganization of Deadly Weapon Statutes: Issues Relating to Previous Drafts (12/04/2008)
  • Memo 2008-62 — Nonsubstantive Reorganization of Deadly Weapon Statutes (Staff Draft Preliminary Part) (12/04/2008)
  • Memo 2008-57 — Nonsubstantive Reorganization of Deadly Weapon Statutes: Title 2 of Part 4 of the Penal Code (as of Jan. 1, 2009)  (11/07/2008)
  • Memo 2008-48 — Nonsubstantive Reorganization of Deadly Weapon Statutes: Sixth Revised Tentative Outline (10/20/2008)
  • Memo 2008-52 — Nonsubstantive Reorganization of Deadly Weapon Statutes: List of Minor Clean-up Issues for Possible Future Legislative Attention (10/17/2008)
  • Memo 2008-51 — Nonsubstantive Reorganization of Deadly Weapon Statutes: Disposition Table (10/17/2008)
  • Memo 2008-50 — Nonsubstantive Reorganization of Deadly Weapon Statutes: Cumulative Draft of New Part 6 of the Penal Code (10/17/2008)
  • Memo 2008-49 — Nonsubstantive Reorganization of Deadly Weapon Statutes: Title 4. Firearms (Division 6) (10/17/2008)
  • Memo 2008-53 — Nonsubstantive Reorganization of Deadly Weapon Statutes: Sentence Enhancement Provisions (10/08/2008)
  • Memo 2008-42 — Nonsubstantive Reorganization of Deadly Weapon Statutes: Issues Relating to Drafts Previously Considered (08/14/2008)
  • Memo 2008-41 — Nonsubstantive Reorganization of Deadly Weapon Statutes: List of Minor Clean-up Issues for Possible Future Legislative Attention (08/13/2008)
  • Memo 2008-39 — Nonsubstantive Reorganization of Deadly Weapon Statutes: Title 4. Firearms (Divisions 4-5) (08/13/2008)
  • Memo 2008-38 — Nonsubstantive Reorganization of Deadly Weapon Statutes: Fifth Revised Tentative Outline (08/13/2008)
  • Memo 2008-26 — Nonsubstantive Reorganization of Deadly Weapon Statutes: Title 4. Firearms and Similar Weapons (Divisions 1-3) (05/27/2008)
  • Memo 2008-27 — Nonsubstantive Reorganization of Deadly Weapon Statutes: List of Minor Clean-up Issues for Possible Future Legislative Attention (5/20/2008)
  • Memo 2008-25 — Nonsubstantive Reorganization of Deadly Weapon Statutes: Title 3. Weapons Other Than Firearms (5/20/2008)
  • Memo 2008-24 — Nonsubstantive Reorganization of Deadly Weapon Statutes: Title 2. Weapons Generally (Divisions 5 & 6) (05/19/2008)
  • Memo 2008-23 — Nonsubstantive Reorganization of Deadly Weapon Statutes: Title 1. Preliminary Provisions (Reevaluation of Certain Definitions) (05/19/2008)
  • Memo 2008-22 — Nonsubstantive Reorganization of Deadly Weapon Statutes: Fourth Revised Tentative Outline (05/19/2008)
  • Memo 2008-17 — Nonsubstantive Reorganization of Deadly Weapon Statutes: Titles 1-2 of New Part 6 of the Penal Code (4/3/2008)
  • Memo 2008-16 — Nonsubstantive Reorganization of Deadly Weapon Statutes: Third Revised Tentative Outline (4/3/2008)
  • Memo 2007-33, Supp. 1 — Nonsubstantive Reorganization of Deadly Weapon Statutes: Titles 1-2 of New Part 6 of the Penal Code (Comments of Legal Community Against Violence) (8/24/2007)
  • Memo 2007-33 — Nonsubstantive Reorganization of Deadly Weapon Statutes: Titles 1-2 of New Part 6 of the Penal Code (8/14/2007)
  • Memo 2007-32 — Nonsubstantive Reorganization of Deadly Weapon Statutes: Second Revised Tentative Outline (8/13/2007)
  • Memo 2007-21 — Nonsubstantive Reorganization of Deadly Weapon Statutes: “Title 2. Weapons Generally” of New Part 6 of the Penal Code (6/21/2007)
  • Memo 2007-20, Supp. 1 — Nonsubstantive Reorganization of Deadly Weapon Statutes: “Title 1. Preliminary Provisions” of New Part 6 of the Penal Code (6/21/2007)
  • Memo 2007-20 — Nonsubstantive Reorganization of Deadly Weapon Statutes: “Title 1. Preliminary Provisions” of New Part 6 of the Penal Code (6/15/2007)
  • Memo 2007-19 — Nonsubstantive Reorganization of Deadly Weapon Statutes: Revised Tentative Outline (5/30/2007)
  • Memo 2007-17 — Nonsubstantive Reorganization of Deadly Weapons Statutes: Text of Title 2 of Part 4 of the Penal Code (4/16/2007)
  • Memo 2007-15 — Nonsubstantive Reorganization of Deadly Weapons Statutes: Organization of Proposed Law (4/16/2007)
  • Memo 2007-05 — Nonsubstantive Reorganization of Deadly Weapon Statutes: Scope and Methodology of Study (1/18/2007)
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