California Man Tries to Register His AR-15 — Gov’t Raids Home, Confiscates Guns

June 12, 2018Jun 12, 2018

A California man’s attempt to register his AR-15 rifle in accordance with state law resulted in his home being raided by law enforcement officials and the confiscation of his guns.

Jeffrey Scott Kirschenmann is accused of trying to register an “illegally modified” AR-15 with the state. The California Department of Justice responded by raiding the man’s home.

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Officials confiscated one dozen guns, 230 rounds of ammunition and two silencers, according to KGET-TV. The district attorney later filed one dozen felony gun charges against Kirschenmann, a prominent member of a farming family in California.

Kirschenmann, of Kirschenmann Farms, Inc., was released on $150,000 bond.

He was trying to comply with a new state law that requires all “assault weapons” be registered with the state by the end of June when officials say he submitted photos showing an illegally modified rifle.

Retired KCSO Commander Joe Pilkington told KGET-TV that Kirschenmann’s effort to comply with California’s changing gun laws should “count for something.”

"Just in the last few years, there have been lots of changes in gun laws. Making an effort, a good faith effort to comply with these really complicated laws, should count for something,” he said.

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The NRA’s Institute for Legislative Action blasted California in a statement, saying even gun owners trying to comply with draconian gun laws can find themselves in trouble.

"California residents attempting to comply with the Golden State's ever-increasing swamp of firearms laws and regulations should take warning,” the statement said. “A good faith effort to obey the state's labyrinthine firearm rules will not spare a gun owner in technical violation of the law from the wrath of the California Department of Justice.”

Kirschenmann will appear in court on Monday.

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