CA gun law: AB 1964 Single Shot Exemption Ban (2014) In a move that a gun rights group contend will ban the sale of most of the remaining modern handguns in California, Gov. Jerry Brown signed AB 1964. Current law allows a gun shop to convert a semiautomatic handgun not on the state’s approved roster to fire single-shot only (no semiautomatic reload of a bullet in the firing chamber), typically through use of a magazine plug and extended barrel. Now, instead of allowing semi-auto handguns, the legislation will limit the guns eligible to be converted to “break-top or bolt-action” only. Further, the bill requires any gun that has been converted to meet all of the same testing requirements on the state’s dwindling approved handgun list. AB 1964 had previously passed the Assembly by a 48-25 vote and the Senate by 22-13 before being signed without comment by Brown along with 14 other bills Friday. The legislation’s sponsor, Assemblyman Roger Dickinson (D-Sacramento), contends that as many as 18,000 of what he terms “unsafe” single-shot handguns were transferred in the state in 2013, and his bill, now signed into law would halt this practice. Gun control groups were elated Friday at the news of Brown’s signature on AB 1964, believing it closed a loophole in state law. “The restriction is not on the purchaser or owner, it’s on the dealer. There is nothing that says you can’t own a handgun not on the approved roster, it says a dealer can’t sell it,” said Big Shot store manager Steven Rubert. Rubert added that the new change would make a number of the guns in their inventory partially useless. “We are either going to need to sell online or out of state to purchasers who live in a state where it would be legal for them to own it or law enforcement officers which we have a lot here in San Diego,” said Rubert.