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FIREARM LAWS &REGULATIONS

CALIFORNIA
CONCEALED CARRY

California gun law prohibits concealed carry without a Concealed Carry Weapons License (CCWL).
An 8 hour training course (minimum) is required.

OPEN CARRY

For most counties in California, you cannot openly carry a gun or firearm.

MOTOR VEHICLE CARRY

Handguns must be unloaded and placed in the car’s trunk or in a ‘locked container’. Locking glove compartments are not included as a ‘locked container’.
Rifles and shotguns do not have to be in a locked container, but must be unloaded.

NATIONAL FIREARMS ACT (NFA) FIREARMS

Suppressors (silencers) and pen guns are not legal in California.
You must have a special permit (Dangerous Weapons Permit) to possess a rifle or shotgun with a short barrel.
Must have special permission to own a machine gun.

HUNTING

Non-lead ammo must be used for hunting.

FIREARM TRANSFERS & SALES

Handguns – Must be 21 years old.
Shotguns – Must be 18 years old.
All transfers must go through an FFL.
You need to pass a written test for a Firearm Safety Certificate.
You need to pass a safe handling demonstration.
Background check is mandatory – thumbprint is required.
You may purchase one handgun every 30 days.
Waiting period – 10 days.

AMMUNITION REGULATIONS

Online ammo purchase must be through a dealer that is DOJ licensed.
A background check is required for the purchase of ammunition for California residents.
Handgun ammo - must be 21 years old.
Long gun ammo – must be 18 years old.

OTHER

Other Info

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