To buy a handgun you must be 21. Bring a valid, non-expired driver’s license or identification card issued by the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). You can show military identification instead if you also have permanent duty station orders that prove you’re posted in California.
In late January, California began offering a federal compliant Real ID driver license or ID card. It’s a necessary card after October 2020 to check in at the airport or enter military bases and federal facilities. If your new license reads, federal limits apply, you can’t buy a gun until you get the Real ID .
Under federal law, people are generally prohibited from purchasing or possessing firearms if they have been convicted of a felony or some domestic violence misdemeanors, or if they are subject to certain court orders related to domestic violence or a serious mental condition.
A U.S. citizen or legal resident at least 18 years old may carry a handgun anywhere within his or her place of residence, place of business or on private property owned or lawfully possessed by the citizen or legal resident. A permit or license is not required for a person to carry within these locations.
California makes it a crime to keep a loaded gun somewhere on your property (or property you control) if you know or should know that a minor (under age 18) is likely to get access to it without parental permission.
Unless otherwise unlawful, any person over the age of 18 who is not prohibited from possessing firearms may have a loaded or unloaded firearm at his or her place of residence, temporary residence, campsite or on private property owned or lawfully possessed by the person .
Since the year 2000 in California , it’s been illegal to manufacture, import, sell, give, lend, buy , or receive magazines that hold more than 10 rounds of ammunition. But on March 29th of 2019, a U.S. District Court Judge ruled that the ban was unconstitutional and shouldn’t be enforced.
Generally, carrying a loaded firearm in a public place is a misdemeanor in California . If convicted of a misdemeanor PC 25850 violation, you face up to 364 days in county jail, a $1,000 fine, or both. If you are convicted of a felony, you face a sentence of 16 months, two or three years in state prison.
Penal Code 25400 PC, California’s carrying a concealed weapon law, makes it a crime to carry a concealed firearm on your person or in a vehicle. As a misdemeanor , the charge carries a penalty of up to 1 year in jail . As a felony , the sentence is up to 3 years in jail .
Under federal law, a person is generally prohibited from acquiring or possessing firearms if, among other things, they have been convicted of certain crimes or become subject to certain court orders related to domestic violence or a serious mental condition.
Carrying a loaded gun without a license is illegal in California even if the weapon is tucked inside a backpack , the state Supreme Court ruled Monday.
(a) No person shall carry , possess or discharge across, in or into any portion of any unit any weapon, firearm, spear, bow and arrow, trap, net, or device capable of injuring, or killing any person or animal, or capturing any animal, or damaging any public or private property, except in underwater parks or designated
In California , obtaining a Carry Concealed Weapons ( CCW ) license is difficult . The sheriff has broad discretion whether to grant you the license. To apply, contact your county sheriff. You’ll have to fill out an application and complete a firearms safety course.