I'm going to be moving to Lemoore soon, care of the Navy. I have a few "assault weapons' and I understand there is a waiver in place for military personnel, not originally from CA, that are being stationed in CA. Anyone know the process?
It's called MAWP (Military Asslt Wpns Permit). One member/moderator here has one apparently, perhaps he'll speak up.
Note that it does NOT legally allow you to import hicap magazines (even if a desk clerk at DOJ tells you otherwise!).
Don't bring in gun(s) until you have the paperwork approved.
Call Cal DOJ Assault Weapon Registration and Special Weapon Permits unit at
(916) 227-3694 / Fax: (916) 227-3700 .
Here's the info Paul (Masterchief ret) posted.
Obtaining an Assault Weapons Permit for Active Duty Military Personnel.
Any person on active military duty with current, valid permanent change of station orders for duty in the State of California may apply for a DOJ Assault Weapon Permit for personal possession and or transportation of personally owned assualt weapons(s).
Does not apply for those under the age of 18.
* Completed Application for Assault Weapon Permit for Military Personnel
* $73 fee (postal money order)
* Two complete ten-print fingerprint cards (your security unit can often do these)
* A copy of your PCS orders
The application has the following information:
* Applicant's military rank
* Full name
* Mailing Address
* Physical residential address (if different)
* Telephone number
* Branch of service
* Name and address of military base or unit assignment
* Military ID number
* Make, model, and serial number of each assualt weapon to be permitted
* Applicant's signature
They called me within about four days of mailing and said that they were processing my permit. They left a message "the Department of Justice's Firearm Division would like to talk to you." - just what you want to hear on your answering machine!
It took about two weeks total to receive my permit. You can fill out a second sheet of paper if you have more weapons than the four spaces given on the permit.
Permits are valid for one year from issue or until the member terminates PCS orders in California, which ever comes first. Renewals are required each year and are free. They send a letter in the mail reminding you.
Department of Justice
PO Box 820200
Sacramento, CA 94203-0200
I worked with:
Crimianl Intelligence Specialist 1
If I were to get screwed out of the timing here and had to leave my guns in MS until I got the permit, could I have a friend ship my rifles to an FFL in CA once I got the MAWP? In other words, would an FFL be willing to deal with that?
Maybe I'm loaded but if they are your weapons you can technically ship them to yourself once you obtain the permit. IOW it doesn't matter, there is no transfer going on here....they are already registered to you. Get the permit.
GO Navy. speakin of which my whites aren't ready and I'm loaded..time for bed
Hmm, is this so? So I could pack my rifles in a box ready for mailing, addressed to myself at my new CA address (whatever it happens to be), and have a friend send them out once I'm ready? If that's so, that would be a great relief.