California PC 1170.18 (aka Prop 47) became law this November 2014 and has had a huge effect on the criminal justice system. This law makes many theft and drug charges misdemeanors that have been felonies in the past. It is also retroactive which means that if you have been convicted of one of the crimes that are now misdemeanors, you can have your charges reduced to misdemeanors in most cases. There are very few exceptions. The reduction and resentencing, however, does not restore gun rights.