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Information on the Law Enforcement Gun Release Program

On January 1, 2005, the Law Enforcement Gun Release (LEGR) process became effective with the addition of Penal Code (PC) section 12021.3. This process requires any person who claims title to any firearm that is in the custody or control of a court or law enforcement agency and who wishes to have the firearm returned to submit a LEGR Application form for a determination by the California Department of Justice (the Department) as to whether he or she is eligible to possess a firearm.

LEGR Application Submission Process

Individuals seeking the return of a firearm(s) that is in the custody or control of a court or law enforcement agency must submit a LEGR Application along with the appropriate fees to the Department. Additionally, if an individual is seeking the return of a long gun purchased prior to January 1, 2014, a Firearms Ownership Report application (BOF 4542A), pdf should be submitted along with the appropriate fees assuming the long gun was not already registered as an assault weapon or 50 BMG rifle.

A firearms eligibility check will be conducted to determine if the applicant is lawfully eligible to possess firearms. A notice of the results will be sent to the applicant. The notice must be presented to the court or agency within thirty (30) days of the date of the notice. Failure to do so will result in the need to submit a new application and fees and undergo another firearms eligibility check.

Submission requirements and processing fees are available on the Law Enforcement Gun Release Application (BOF 119), pdf. DO NOT use any other firearms transaction form or PFEC application to apply for a LEGR.

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