Limits on handgun purchases
Limits on Handgun Purchases
Roster of Handguns
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
(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).