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Effective January 1, 2017, there are new provisions concerning Assault Weapons.

A. MCIWEST-MCB CAMPENO 5000.2 establishes the requirement to register privately owned weapons. Weapons must be registered within 72 hours of introduction to Camp Pendleton for storage and deregistered within 72 hours of sale or permanent removal from Camp Pendleton.  Weapons that are not stored on Camp Pendleton are not registered.

If you have a Dealer’s Receipt of Sale, you are not required to present the weapon for inspection unless the weapon maybe considered an Assault Weapon in California.  Otherwise, bring the weapon to the Police Records section in Bldg 1523 and be sure to clear the weapon in the clearing barrel before bringing it inside the building.  Most registrations are entered as you wait, however, if our computer systems are down, you may be asked to complete a Weapons Registration Form.

The following weapons may be registered aboard the base ONLY if they are currently registered with the California Department of Justice.
Assault Weapons
.50 Caliber BMG

California Department of Justice registration is required BEFORE bringing the weapon to California.
Effective 01 January 2017, the definition of an Assault Weapon in Penal Code Section 30515 will be changed in part from having the capacity to accept a detachable magazine to not having a fixed magazine.

California Senate Bill 880 defines the meaning of "fixed magazine" to mean an ammunition feeding device contained in, or permanently attached to, a firearm in such a manner that the device cannot be removed without disassembly of the firearm action.  This new legislation closes the "bullet button" loop hole and categorizes "bullet button" firearms as assault weapons.

• Refer to California Senate Bill 880 for details.

Note that SB 880 also requires that any person who, from 01 January 2001, to 31 December 2016, inclusive, lawfully possessed an assault weapon that does not have a fixed magazine, as defined, and including those weapons with an ammunition feeding device that can be removed readily from the firearm with the use of a tool, register the firearm with the Department of Justice before 01 January 2018.

Additional information is also available at:

There is a California DOJ provision for Military personnel to apply for a Military Assault Weapon Permit.  Refer to the below file for details on how to apply.

How to Apply for a California DOJ Military Assault Weapons Permit


For additional information and to request an application, call the Bureau of Firearms at the California Department of Justice at (916) 227-7527


Base Regulations require that all privately-owned weapons brought aboard Marine Corps Base, Camp Pendleton for storage must be registered within 72 hours after having been introduced on board the military installation.

Personal weapons will be registered at the Police Records section (Bldg. 1523, Mon-Fri from 7:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m., telephone 725-0819)

Additionally, personnel will deregister their weapons within 72 hours of their sale or removal from the base.

Persons living in Base Housing are authorized to store weapons in their quarters. Marines living in BEQs/BOQs are required to store their weapons in their unit armory.

MCIWEST-MCB CAMPENO 5000.2 states:

"Personal weapons and ammunition will not be kept or stored in barracks, BOQs, BEQs, Temporary Lodging Facilities, in boats kept at the Marina, in any vehicle in storage lots, or office spaces. Privately-owned weapons and ammunition owned by personnel residing in BOQs, BEQs, and barracks will be stored in unit armories."

"Personnel residing in family housing (other than the temporary lodging facilities) may store their registered weapons in their quarters. All weapons and ammunition will be stored in approved containers. Weapons containers must be capable of being locked. All weapons will be fitted with a trigger lock."
Storage of any ammunition greater than small arms ammunition, to include explosives, in government owned quarters is prohibited.
"Weapons will not be routinely carried or stored in vehicles."

MCIWEST-MCB CAMPENO 5000.2 requires that the following weapons be registered:
(1) Pistols/Revolvers
(2) Rifles
(3) Shotguns
(4) BB/Pellet Guns
(5) Paint Guns
(6) Historical type weapons
(7) Crossbows
(8) Bows (conventional or compound)
(9) Spear Guns
(10) Assault Weapons*
(11) Knives**
(12) Martial Arts Weapons***

*Assault Weapons and .50 Caliber BMG (Browning Machine Gun) Rifles, as defined by California Penal Code sections 30515-30530 can only be registered on base after they have been registered with the California Department of Justice.

**Knives. All knives (to include swords and axes) primarily designed for offensive or defensive use, including folding knives with blades over 6 inches long, will be registered. This does not include kitchen knives or ceremonial swords with unsharpened edges/points, or folding knives with blades under 6 inches long.

***Martial arts weapons (e.g., nunchaku, tonfa, bo, etc.) may be possessed and registered on Base if the owner is certified to teach or is a bona fide student of that art of self-defense and is doing so through the Assistant Chief of Staff, Marine Corps Community Services or a nationally or internationally accredited dojo (i.e., school) off of the military installation.

Transportation Procedures:
Persons over the age of 18 years who reside or are temporarily aboard the military reservation may transport and carry any non-prohibited weapons, whether capable of being concealed upon the person or not, provided that the following applies to the weapon:

a. The weapon is within a motor vehicle, and it is unloaded and locked in the vehicle’s trunk or in a locked container in the vehicle other than the utility or glove compartment.

b. The weapon is carried by the person directly to and from any motor vehicle for any lawful purpose (i.e., collectors organization meeting, hunter safety class, recognized sporting event involving that weapon, gun shop, gun show, or swap meet, target range, etc.) and while carrying the weapon, the weapon is unloaded and contained within a locked container.

c. As used in this directive, “locked container” is defined as a secure container that is fully enclosed and locked by a padlock, key lock, combination lock, or similar locking device. The term “locked container” does not include the utility or glove compartment.

d. A firearm shall be deemed to be loaded for the purposes of this directive when there is an unexpended cartridge or shell, consisting of a case which holds a charge of powder and a bullet or shot, in or attached to in any manner to the firearm, including but not limited to, in the firing chamber or magazine, clip, or speed loader. Refusal to allow law enforcement or security personnel to inspect a firearm pursuant to the provisions of this paragraph constitutes probable cause for apprehension/detention for violation of this requirement.

e. Weapons will not be routinely carried or stored in vehicles. In addition, razors without a guarded blade or common tools such as hatchets, axes, screwdrivers, hammers, and similar items shall be carried locked in the vehicle’s trunk or in the rear most cargo area, furthest from the driver when the vehicle has no trunk.

Registration Procedures:
It is not necessary to bring the weapon to the Police Records section to register the weapon if the owner has a Dealer’s Receipt of Sale.


California Requirements for Gun Owners:


Registering your weapons on base does not fulfill your requirement to register the weapon with the State of California.  Per the California Department of Justice (Penal Code Section 27560);


Within 60 days of bringing a handgun, and commencing January 1, 2014, any firearm, into this state, a personal firearm importer shall do one of the following:


(a) Forward by prepaid mail or deliver in person to the Department of Justice, a report prescribed by the department including information concerning that individual and a description of the firearm in question.


(b) Sell or transfer the firearm in accordance with the provisions of Section 27545 or in accordance with the provisions of an exemption from Section 27545.

(c) Sell or transfer the firearm to a dealer licensed pursuant to Article 1 (commencing with Section 26700) and Article 2 (commencing with Section 26800) of Chapter 2.


(d) Sell or transfer the firearm to a sheriff or police department.


Persons who purchase a new weapon from MCCS are automatically registered with the California Department of Justice.


For additional information and to request an application, call the Bureau of Firearms at the California Department of Justice at (916) 227-7527


For questions concerning weapons registration aboard Camp Pendleton contact the Provost Marshal’s Office Support Services Division at (760) 725-0819 / DSN: 365-0819 - Fax (760) 725-0820 / DSN: 365-0820

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