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3 Common Questions About California Gun Laws

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Gun laws vary from state to state, and you need to know the specific requirements for where you live. When it comes to firearms, there are a few common questions people may have. Knowing the basics can ensure you aren’t breaking any laws. 

Who Can Own Guns?

Before anything else, you need to determine if you are legally allowed to own a gun. In California, the general rule is you must be 21 years old or older in order to buy, own, or possess a gun. However, there are a few limitations. For example, you cannot own a gun if you’ve been charged with a felony, charged with certain misdemeanors, are a narcotics addict, suffer from certain mental illnesses, and more. Additionally, you must obtain a Firearm Safety Certificate before owning a gun. 

What Are The Laws for Concealed Weapons?

In general, it’s illegal to conceal a firearm. You can be charged if you concealed a weapon, knew about the concealed weapon, and if it’s substantially concealed. A violation is generally charged as a misdemeanor. However, it can be charged as a felony depending on the circumstances and your past criminal record. The only way to legally carry a concealed weapon is if you have a Concealed Carry Permit. To receive such a permit, you must prove that you have good moral character, have a good reason for having a concealed weapon, meet residency requirements, and complete a course on firearm safety. 

Where Are Guns Forbidden?

In California, there are six places where you cannot bring a firearm: School grounds, public buildings, government buildings, the governor’s mansion, airports, and public transport facilities are all locations you cannot have a firearm. It may also be illegal to possess other weapons in these areas. The only legal exceptions are if you are legally transporting weapons into a court building, if you are a law officer, if you possess a concealed carry permit, or if you are tasked with securing the location.  Gun laws can be complex and it’s essential that you know exactly how they apply to you. Violating any gun laws can result in fines, arrests, criminal charges, jail time, or more depending on the circumstances. If you’ve been charged, you need the assistance of an attorney.  The Law Offices of Bradley Corbett are prepared to help defend your case. Click here to learn more and get in touch with an experienced attorney who is here to help.

Bradley Corbett

Bradley Corbett is a criminal defense attorney in San Diego. He graduated from Brigham Young University in Provo Utah in 2004. Later he enrolled at Thomas Jefferson School of Law in San Diego where he participated in a prestigious internship program with the Los Angeles County Public Defender. Since then he has handled over 2,000 cases.

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