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NEW FIREARM LAWS IN CALIFORNIA


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First and foremost, this post is NOT intended to spark a debate on gun control. It is intended to warn law abiding gun owners that when you enter the state of California, with a firearm that is legal in your state, it may NOT be legal in California. Additionally, California has border stops and I expect that the border officers will soon be asking:

 

"Do you have any fruit or FIREARMS on board?"

 

For you non-Californians, be mindful that California just past a slew of new firearm laws. The violation of some of them will result in you becoming a convicted felon and spending some time in jail.

 

So, before you enter California, learn about the new firearm laws. Calguns and CRPA are two California organizations that will start offering some explanation of the new laws. You can check out their websites.

 

These new firearm laws were "fast tracked" by the legislature and Governor Brown signed them on the Fourth of July weekend.

 

Safe Travels

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We use to spend a month or two every winter in the deserts of Southern California from Brawley, Barstow, up to Tecopa Hot Springs. Now I remember why we quit.

 

Dick T

 

On edit,

We also quit driving to Mexico, but wait, does Mexico=California?? Kinda'!!

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We use to spend a month or two every winter in the deserts of Southern California from Brawley, Barstow, up to Tecopa Hot Springs. Now I remember why we quit.

 

Dick T

 

On edit,

We also quit driving to Mexico, but wait, does Mexico=California?? Kinda'!!

 

The California desert, in the winter, is one of my favorite places to boondock. As a gold prospector, I respected the desert and shared the roads and its beauty with, horse back riders, motorcyclist and off-roaders. If I pulled off the road, for a break, and someone came upon me, he/she always stop and ask if I was OK. We chatted for a while and off they would go. It was comforting to know that if I broke down or was injured, someone would come along. Now, there is no one. Most of the trails have been shut down to horses (because horse poop is hazardous to the environment :unsure: ) and off roading.

 

BLM once put 'NO OFF ROADING" signs on a private property gold claim and then refused to remove them.

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We do a lot of boondocking at Pilot Knob LTVA and up along Ogilby Road. We'll continue to do so, but we'll take the shotgun out of our RV and leave it home. I couldn't make heads or tails of the new law from my brief reading of it, so it's probably just better not to carry it.

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You can take this to the bank, the new CA gun laws are very effective "tools" to accomplish the goals of separating the good folks from the bad folks...... so........"good-folks" from other states with a gun.....simply "become-bad-folks" as soon as they enter CA........

 

In my "youth" I often traveled in offshore third-world places that often were total-dictator-ruled and ruthless (especially to Americans)..... odd thing was that ordinary folks not allowed to own guns, Americans were not allowed to own guns........what really made the backwater places so dicey is that .........Everyone packed "heat"......even the evil Americans.

 

You have to admit CA has some nice weather in spots compared to the other "third-world-dictator-ruled-backwaters".....

 

Drive on..........(drop the hog-leg at the hawk-shop before crossing the border to......."paradise")

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We're in CA now and I have been very concerned about this.

 

I generally CC a small 9m and a G19 in the vehicle. Obviously, no CC while here in CA, but having them in the truck/trailer has been a worry.

 

From what I can tell, as long as I keep the ammunition separated from the weapon (and stored in the trailer) we should be OK. Thoughts?

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Many California attorneys also recommend storing / transporting inside a locked / secured 'case'

 

You're exactly right and I did not think of that. Our Cyclone does not have the traditional closet safe, but I think I will throw them in a dresser drawer, which cannot be accessed with the bedroom slide closed.

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Many California attorneys also recommend storing / transporting inside a locked / secured 'case'

Shuck, maybe one might carry a attorney along while in California........IF you carry a attorney maybe you don't need a gun.....

 

Drive on.........(honey did we leave the attorney in CA?)

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For those us living here, the good folks will say that CA has gone off the deep end !

 

If you transport firearms into the state, must be unloaded, gun stored in a lock box or have a certified trigger lock on it or properly installed cable lock and ammo separated so you cannot reach both in at the same time. For those guns that are not legal here, that is for resale issues only if memory serves correctly. 15 round mags, no no, 10 round mags approved.

 

As for answering the question of "firearms", well that is up to you and what you feel. Me, I know nothing, see nothing, hear nothing and SAY nothing !

 

I will say this, not going to say what I carry and keep in the vehicles, but as long as you not a smart mouth person and follow what the officer says and answer the questions while looking them directly in the eye, you will not have problems. If you want to play smart and mr. Lawyer, they will kindly show authority and carry it to the full extend. When I get stopped and I look like a very rough cap and people seem to be scared of me for some strange reason, but I always keep hands on the wheel, have the windows rolled down and as friendly as I can be with the officer. I never have a problem and never asked to search the vehicle. I answer the questions as asked and never provide more than needed. No issues, most of the time, no tickets, just a nice friendly chat and make whatever adjustments asked.

 

In the AG areas I am in, officers know we have guns in the vehicle, some are sliding around the floor because we forget they are there. No problems. Big cities, different story !

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Howdy!

 

I have stated this before I don't understand and don't like being searched at a check point to enter a state in a country I live in. I understand and agree with border check point for immigration status and contraband to enter our country. California is the only state in the USA that has border check points to cross from one state to another, not just international border. We have been stopped and our RV searched at these check points and was told we where from Texas and they wanted to search. If California stereotyped Texans to be carrying fruit then they surely will do so regarding they gun laws.

 

"Happy Trails"

Chiefneon

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I'm happy that I grew up in CA during the 50's early 60's, it was a great State then.

I have no desire to return, even for a visit, but most of my family are still lives in the CA.

With that being said: it's my opinion as long as you have a legal firearm within the State you are traveling you are allowed to keep a firearm arm for personal protection in your home then if your home is a RV it would be assumed to be okay. Just don't advertise and definately comply with Law Enforcements requests.

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I have been thinking (always really bad for me to do) about designing and/or buying a gun safe that will be robust and solidly mounted to my 5'er frame. I love to bird hunt with my three pups and I would like a secure place to lock up my 16ga, side-by-side, shotgun and perhaps another long gun.

 

I am also thinking of a safe that I can locate in the Volvo (780) to securely lock up a handgun. I have traveled across country several times and sometimes, due to poor planning, I have spent the night in a "bad location." Now, I try to plan stop overs more wisely.

 

Any ideas or suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

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