Can I BUY A GUN OUTSIDE CALIFORNIA?
Calguns Foundation Wiki FAQ: Can I BUY A GUN OUTSIDE CALIFORNIA?
Simple answers for simple questions
If you do not have any kind of FFL, NO.
Federal law requires interstate transfers to go through a CA FFL for CA residents.
It is illegal for either a FFL or a private person to sell a firearm to someone who does not live in the same state as the seller.
It is illegal for a person to somehow acquire a firearm outside his state of residence and bring it back to his state.
You CAN select a firearm from out of state and have it shipped to a California FFL to complete the transaction.
Geography is not relevant; the current location of the gun does not determine whether the transfer is interstate – the state of residence of the current owner does.