Active Duty Military and 'assault weapons' Active duty military with PCS (permanent change of station) orders to California and who own personal weapons California defines as 'assault weapons' should contact the California Department of Justice regarding a Military Assault Weapon Permit (MAWP). CA-DOJ also suggests you contact your base/station/post legal staff for assistance.
CA-DOJ does not maintain application forms on line for the MAWP, and does not provide any documentation or guidance on line.
With a MAWP, the service member may
bring those weapons on the permit into California.
Once obtained, the MAWP may be renewed annually. If the service member separates from Active Duty while in California, the MAWP is no longer effective, and the 'assault weapons' become illegal and must be removed from the state or otherwise handled according to law.
DOJ Contact Information:
General Information Phone: (916) 263-4887 Fax: (916) 263-0676
Assault Weapon Registration and Special Weapon Permits Phone: (916) 263-8100 Fax: (916) 263-0790
Bureau of Firearms P.O. Box 820200 Sacramento, CA 94203-0200