- 1 Transportation Questions
- 1.1 How do I legally transport a HANDGUN?
- 1.2 How do I legally transport a LONG GUN?
- 1.3 How do I legally transport AMMUNITION?
- 1.4 References
- 1.5 How do I legally transport a REGISTERED “ASSAULT WEAPON”?
- 1.6 See also
How do I legally transport a HANDGUN?
The easiest (but not the only) method to legally transport a handgun is
- in a secure locked case
Can I have ammunition in the same case and compartment as the gun?
Can my magazines for semiautomatic handguns have ammunition in them?
Can my speed loaders for revolvers have ammunition in them?
NO, no law requires the locked case to be in a trunk of a vehicle; the locked case may be in any part of your vehicle that you like.
NO, you may not use the glove box or center console to transport your unloaded handgun unless the handgun is also in a separate locked case.
YES, you may transport the locked case in a backpack or a cargo container on a motorcycle.
NO, there is no legal definition of ‘secure locked case’. There many varieties offered commercially; if you don’t personally think one is ‘secure’, buy one you think is secure.
NO, a ‘cable lock’ or ‘trigger lock’ can NOT replace the locked container.
YES, your locked trunk can be used as the only locked container, but you will probably find separate locked containers more convenient.
How do I legally transport a LONG GUN?
Unloaded, cased or not, visible or not.
It is convenient to have a case; that is not required.
It is less obvious to transport a long gun in a vehicle trunk; that is not required.
When traveling through Gun Free School Zones Federal law requires long guns to be in a locked container or a locked gun rack.
How do I legally transport AMMUNITION?
Transporting ammunition by ground inside California:
- Ammunition may be transported in magazines or speed loaders, not inserted in any gun.
- Ammunition may be transported in the same case and the same compartment of a case as a gun.
- Ammunition need not be locked up for transport.
How do I legally transport a REGISTERED “ASSAULT WEAPON”?
Simple answers for simple questions.
Registered 'assault weapons' must be transported:
- in a locked case
- only between authorized locations
- only by the person to whom the weapon is registered