Limits on handgun purchases

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Limits on Handgun Purchases

Roster of Handguns

see Safe Handgun List

30 Day Rule (1 Gun Per Month)

Penal Code 27535 (was 12072(a)(9))

(9) (A) No person shall make an application to purchase more than
one pistol, revolver, or other firearm capable of being concealed
upon the person within any 30-day period.

City of Los Angeles

Note the CITY of Los Angeles has section 55.14 which imposes its own 1-in-30 restriction, which DOES apply to sales inside the city limits.

Exceptions to 30 Day Rule

  (B) Subparagraph (A) shall not apply to any of the following:

LEO, Corrections, Private Security

  (i) Any law enforcement agency.
  (ii) Any agency duly authorized to perform law enforcement duties.
  (iii) Any state or local correctional facility.
  (iv) Any private security company licensed to do business in
California.
  (v) Any person who is properly identified as a full-time paid
peace officer, as defined in Chapter 4.5 (commencing with Section
830) of Title 3 of Part 2, and who is authorized to, and does
carry a  firearm during the course and scope of his or her
employment as a  peace officer.

Motion picture companies

  (vi) Any motion picture, television, or video production company
or entertainment or theatrical company whose production by its
nature involves the use of a firearm.

Peace Officer with letter from agency

  (vii) Any person who may, pursuant to Section 12078, claim an
exemption from the waiting period set forth in subdivision (c) of
this section.

Private Party Transfers

See PPT

  (viii) Any transaction conducted through a licensed firearms
dealer pursuant to Section 12082.

Collectors (C&R) with Certificate of Eligibility

  (ix) Any person who is licensed as a collector pursuant to
Chapter  44 (commencing with Section 921) of Title 18 of the
United States  Code and the regulations issued pursuant thereto
and who has a current certificate of eligibility issued to him or
her by the Department of Justice pursuant to Section 12071.

Exchange, replacement, return to owner

  (x) The exchange of a pistol, revolver, or other firearm capable
of being concealed upon the person where the dealer purchased that
firearm from the person seeking the exchange within the 30-day
period immediately preceding the date of exchange or replacement.
  (xi) The replacement of a pistol, revolver, or other firearm
capable of being concealed upon the person when the person's
pistol, revolver, or other firearm capable of being concealed
upon the person was lost or stolen, and the person reported that
firearm lost or stolen prior to the completion of the application
to purchase to any local law enforcement agency of the city,
county, or city and county in which he or she resides.
  (xii) The return of any pistol, revolver, or other firearm
capable of being concealed upon the person to its owner.

21 years old

  (b) No person licensed under Section 12071 shall supply, sell,
deliver, or give possession or control of a pistol, revolver, or
firearm capable of being concealed upon the person to any person
under the age of 21 years or any other firearm to a person under
the age of 18 years.

10 Day Wait

  (c) No dealer, whether or not acting pursuant to Section 12082,
shall deliver a firearm to a person, as follows:
  (1) Within 10 days of the application to purchase, or, after
notice by the department pursuant to subdivision (d) of Section
12076, within 10 days of the submission to the department of any
correction to the application, or within 10 days of the
submission to the department of any fee required pursuant to
subdivision (e) of Section 12076, whichever is later.

Peace officers with letters from their agencies are exempt via Penal Code 12078(a).

Handgun Safety Certificate

  (5)(B) Commencing January 1, 2003, no handgun shall be delivered
unless the purchaser, transferee, or person being loaned the
handgun presents a handgun safety certificate to the dealer.

Department of Justice Informational Posting

CA DOJ has a note on its web site:

Policy Change Regarding State Exemptions for Authorized Peace
Officers

Effective immediately, peace officers who have legislative
authority to carry and use firearms may, without a letter signed
by the head of their agency or the agency head's designee,
purchase non-rostered handguns and/or large capacity magazines.
The peace officer must present a valid peace officer
identification card and the dealer must retain a copy of the
identification card on file. (PC 12132 & 12133). 

A letter is  still required from the head of the agency to exempt
the peace officer from the ten day waiting period. (PC 12078).
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