• Ken Kraushaar

a note about the Taurus judge


hey all,

hope this finds you well.

I was asked about the taurus judge by a customer who would have liked to have bought one, and I thought I would include a featured post (as well as an update to my FAQs at some point) because this is pertinent to anyone wondering why we can't get one, considering there's no special regulation under federal law that prohibits them.

as far as california is concerned, a Taurus Judge is considered a short barreled shotgun, and there are no modifications that would make it exempt (single action, etc, etc).

taken directly from michael lawyers about the issue:

California law defines a “shotgun,” similarly to the federal definition; as “a weapon designed or redesigned, made or remade, and intended to be fired from the shoulder and designed or redesigned and made or remade to use the energy of the explosive in a fixed shotgun shell to fire through a smooth bore either a number of projectiles (ball shot) or a single projectile for each pull of the trigger.” Cal Pen. 12020(c)(21) (emphasis added). 6 But California has its own, unique definition of “short-barreled shotgun.” California Penal Code Section 12020(c)(1) defines “short barreled shotgun” as:

(A) A firearm which is designed or redesigned to fire a fixed shotgun shell and 7 having a barrel or barrels of less than 18 inches in length.

(B) A firearm which has an overall length of less than 26 inches and which is designed or redesigned to fire a fixed shotgun shell.

© Any weapon made from a shotgun (whether by alteration, modification, or otherwise) if that weapon, as modified, has an overall length of less than 26 inches or a barrel or barrels of less than 18 inches in length.

(D) Any device which may be readily restored to fire a fixed shotgun shell which, when so restored, is a device defined in (A) to ©, inclusive. (E) Any part, or combination of parts, designed and intended to convert a device into a device defined in (A) to ©, inclusive, or any combination of parts from which a device defined in(A) to ©, inclusive, can be readily assembled if those parts are in the possession or under the control of the same person.

Cal Pen. 12020(c)(1)(emphasis added)

Unlike the federal definition of “short-barreled shotgun,” under California law any firearm can be a “short-barreled shotgun” if it is designed or redesigned to fire a fixed shotgun shell and the barrel and/or overall length is too short. Cal Pen. 12020(c)(1)(A) and (B). Under California law it does not matter if the firearm is designed to be fired from the shoulder, and it does not matter if the barrel is rifled or smooth.

this is where federal law and california law differ, unfortunately, and even if you could get one private party, they are not legal to own in california. this is the unfortunate nature of the state.

as always, I encourage prospective buyers to read up on the ca roster, and other ca firearms laws before attempting to buy or inquire about a particular firearm, as we have some of the strictest laws in the country and as such, what you may read about online will not always be made available to the consumer.


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