Fast Facts on California “Bullet-Button Assault Weapon” Registration

How many Californians tried to register their firearms as “bullet-button assault weapons” before the July 1 deadline? How long will it take DOJ to process those registrations? How much did it cost Californians? See some of our research and findings below for the answers.


  • DOJ had approved 6,213 individuals to register 12,519 firearms as of June 30, 2018
  • DOJ processed 2,723 applications for firearm registration between Aug. 3, 2017, and Jan. 4, 2018
  • DOJ processed 12,168 applications for firearm registration between Jan. 5, 2018, and June 30, 2018
  • DOJ still had 52,443 applications for firearm registration pending as of June 30
  • Based on the rate of their application processing between January and May 2018, it would take DOJ 2.15 more years to finish processing the remaining “assault weapon” applications
  • The “assault weapon” registration system was originally estimated to cost DOJ $55,770 – 429 man-hours at $130.00 per hour – but over $113,370 was spent on programming alone to add DOJ’s BBAW system into its CFARS system
  • $119,970 in fees had been collected from gun owners through May 30, 2018
  • DOJ received funding to hire 24 analysts and two managers to process “bullet-button assault weapon” registration applications – “limited term positions that will cease to exist one year after these employees’ start dates.”