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Selling and Possessing Multiburst Trigger Activators Under California Code 32900 PC

In the State of California, it is illegal to possess bump stocks. This article will go over the basics of what Code 32900 PC covers as well as what defines "bumps stocks". If, after reading this article, you still have more questions regarding Code 32900 PC or would like to know how you may be defended against charges under this statute, please consider contacting us.

How Is Code 32900 Defined?

Code 32900 is the California law that makes possessing, manufacturing, using, and/or giving others multiburst trigger activators (otherwise known as "bump stocks'') a crime. It should be noted that owning these objects are banned under federal law starting on March 26, 2019 as a response to the Las Vegas shooting that occurred on October 1, 2017. Owners of these modifications must surrender their device(s) to the ATF or have them destroyed. Also, machine guns manufactured after May 19, 1986 are illegal to possess under federal law.

The wording of code 32900 is as follows:

"Except as provided in Chapter 1 (commencing with Section 17700) of Division 2 of Title 2, any person in this state who manufactures or causes to be manufactured, imports into the state, keeps for sale, or offers or exposes for sale, or who gives, lends, or possesses any multiburst trigger activator is punishable by imprisonment in a county jail not exceeding one year or imprisonment pursuant to subdivision (h) of Section 1170."

What Are Bump Stocks?

Bump stocks are objects that are connected to semi-automatic weapons for the purpose of firing two or more shots in a single burst, or a device used to speed up the firing rate of the gun. In other words, bump stocks are modifications used to turn firearms into rapid fire weapons.

Is It Possible to Legally Own Bump Stocks in California?

There are a few circumstances where bump stocks may be possessed legally. Those who may own bump stocks are:

  • Individuals involved in a production (movies, TV shows, etc.) who are given legal permission
  • Law enforcement
  • Museums
  • Those who sell these devices to museums or to entertainment productions


This article has defined Code 32900 PC and what this statute entails. We have also defined bump stocks and related weapons and weapon modifications that are illegal to possess or redistribute under California law. If you or someone you know is being charged under Code 32900, please contact us so that we may discuss your rights and possible defenses against charges under this statute.

Regardless of the classification of the offense, it is important that you seek the assistance of competent legal counsel to help you best understand your legal defense while identifying an outcome that best minimizes your risk. We here at the H Law group patiently await your call.

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