Q: According to AB 857, beginning January 1, 2019, any person who owns a firearm that does not bear a serial number must also apply to DOJ for a unique serial number to be engraved on the firearm in accordance with federal regulations. My question is: Are we obligated to report to DOJ if we apply our own serial number to our polymer80 built handguns prior to July 1, 2018? Should the form BOF 4542A be used to voluntarily registered the self serialized handgun prior to July 1, 2018? What are the criteria (i.e. rules) for applying our own serial number? What other information, if any, should be engraved on the handgun?
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