Man Registers AR in CA, Charged With 12 Felonies After House Raid

The investigation began after he used a state website to register his rifle.

The California-compliant SAINT AR rifle from Springfield Armory.
The California-compliant SAINT AR rifle from Springfield Armory.photo from Springfield Armory

California resident Jeffrey Scott Kirschenmann attempted to comply with his state’s new law that said he had to register his “assault-style weapon” by the end of June.

He followed instructions and attempted to register an AR-15 rifle with the state's website, according to this story from KGET.

He submitted photos of his rifle as part of the registration process.

Next thing he knew, Kirshenmann’s home was raided by police in April.

After registering his gun, he became the focus of a California Department of Justice investigation because, according to court documents, Kirshenmann’s rifle was “illegally modified,” giving the state DOJ grounds to raid his home.

What, exactly, the "illegal modification" was has not beed disclosed, according to this post on themaven.net.

After the raid, Kirshenmann was charged with 12 felony weapons offenses.

The story says investigators seized two "silencers," 230 rounds of ammunition, and 12 firearms during the search.

Kirshenmann was arrested and subsequently released on $150,000 bond. He is the CEO of Scott Kirshenmann Farms, Inc, which is one of the chief potato suppliers for Frito Lay.

“According to retired Kern County Sheriff’s Office Commander Joe Pilkington, a court-recognized firearms expert, California’s rapidly-changing gun laws have created a significant amount of confusion with regards to what requirements are currently mandated, KGET reported.”

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

“ ‘There is this self-registration application on the Department of Justice website, but it may be better to talk to an FFL,” Commander Pilkington said. “Someone who has a license, to talk through whatever these complications are.’”