IIRC, some like the SKS were not on the list and nothing at the time had to be done. Of course, the democrats were free to add to their precious list and they did so, leaving thousands of SKS owners suddenly in the situation of having rifles that should have been "registered" but were not.
There was some sort of CF of an "amnesty" period for registration that I think was mostly ignored. What confiscation took place I cannot recall.
That may or may not have been what you remember. Many thousands of AR and similar never did get registered or just left the state.
I knew a guy who owned an AK and when the AWB went down, he said he refused to register it. He wound up giving it to a relative in Utah. ............... he said.
Gray Davis and Lockyear (AG) got caught having a meeting with Sheriffs and Police chiefs where they were handing out lists of the suckers who registered their rifles after the “amnesty”. Looked like preparation for confiscation.
Random acts of journalism exposed this, then Davis backed out saying “we were floating a proposal, this wasn’t a plan”. Yeah right. Anyone who believes anything coming out of Sacramento now deserves whatever they get.
Kalifornia has created tens of thousands of new gun felons. One way is by outlawing what you already own. Another way is for approval to expire on a handgun that was previously approved. Gee, didn’t you get the word? Ignorance is no excuse etc..
In case someone tries to stay current on Kalifornia gun laws, the DOJ website is confusing and always out of date. Many court cases overturn the laws and the DOJ doesn’t change the info in the website. We pay high salaries to the people who do this to us.