REORGANIZATION OF THE WEAPONS LAWS WITHIN THE PENAL CODE (SB 1080) – EFFECTIVE JAN. 1, 2012 Dec 29, 2011
The California Legislature and Governor passed into law SB 1080 which reorganized the deadly weapons Penal Code sections. This reorganization becomes effective January 1, 2012.
SB 1080 does not change the content of the weapons Penal Code sections, but separates the majority of the weapons Penal Code sections into individual code sections. More than 150 weapons arrest codes have been renumbered as well as definition, exemption, enhancement, and requirement code sections.
The link below contains a chart which lists the weapons arrest sections within the Penal Code. This chart has the old Penal Code numbers (sections) and the new corresponding Penal Code numbers (sections). In addition, the chart has the new Penal Code numbers for pertinent weapons definition sections.
Beginning January 1, 2012, at 0001 hours, it will be mandatory for the new code sections to be used. The Department’s computer programs will not accept the old arrest code sections unless the suspect is arrested pursuant to a warrant using an old arrest code section.
The State’s and Department’s computer programs will not eliminate the old Penal Code sections, but they will have an “end date” for their usage. If a deputy runs a person for criminal history and/or a warrant for an arrest issued prior to January 1, 2012, the history or warrant will show the old Penal Code section. If a deputy runs a person for criminal history and/or a warrant for an arrest issued on or after January 1, 2012, the history or warrant will show the new Penal Code section. This means that personnel will need to know the old Penal Code sections as well as the new correlating Penal Code sections.
Personnel should consider updating their personal Penal Code books, brain book, and/or "Quik" Code books to reflect the new weapons Penal Code sections.
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