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The rest of the Calguns Foundation Wiki is essentially reference material.  This section will refer back to those pages, but the articles here are applications – what does this really mean?  What does this allow me to do, or demand that I do not do?
 
The rest of the Calguns Foundation Wiki is essentially reference material.  This section will refer back to those pages, but the articles here are applications – what does this really mean?  What does this allow me to do, or demand that I do not do?
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== Before we begin: Other FAQs ==
 
== Before we begin: Other FAQs ==
  
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=== BATF FAQs ===
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The Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms has several FAQ pages - here is [http://www.atf.gov/firearms/faq/]
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=== DOJ FAQs ===
 
* The California Department of Justice has its [http://ag.ca.gov/firearms/faq.php set of FAQs]
 
* The California Department of Justice has its [http://ag.ca.gov/firearms/faq.php set of FAQs]
  
* CA DOJ also publishes a downloadable .PDF [http://ag.ca.gov/firearms/forms/pdf/Cfl2007.pdf California Firearms Laws Summary Booklet]
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* [http://ag.ca.gov/firearms/forms/pdf/Cfl2007.pdf California Firearms Laws Summary Booklet] (a downloadable .PDF)
  
* Calguns member Jicko has an FAQ thread [http://www.calguns.net/calgunforum/showthread.php?t=56818 TIPS for "new members” ] with links to things not covered here e.g. hardware, building AR-type rifles.
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=== Calguns FAQs ===
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* The most comprehensive FAQ can be found [[FAQ | here]].
  
* Calguns member Omega13device has an FAQ thread [http://www.calguns.net/calgunforum/showthread.php?t=197295 Frequently Asked Questions on Ownership of a California Registered Assault Weapon (RAW)] and another collection of links to FAQs in thread [http://www.calguns.net/calgunforum/showthread.php?p=2684348 Important FAQs and info (centerfire rifles)]
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* [http://www.calguns.net/calgunforum/showthread.php?t=56818 TIPS for "new members”] with links to things not covered here e.g. hardware, building AR-type rifles.
  
* Calguns member Nodda Duma has an FAQ thread [http://www.calguns.net/calgunforum/showthread.php?t=181917 Shipping firearms into CA]
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* [http://www.calguns.net/calgunforum/showthread.php?t=197295 Frequently Asked Questions on Ownership of a California Registered Assault Weapon (RAW)]  
  
* Calguns member MudCamper has an FAQ thread [http://www.calguns.net/calgunforum/showthread.php?t=186457 Firearms in Forests and Parks]
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* [http://www.calguns.net/calgunforum/showthread.php?t=197394 Important FAQs and info (centerfire rifles)]
  
== Calguns Foundation Wiki FAQs ==
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* [http://www.calguns.net/calgunforum/showthread.php?t=181917 Shipping firearms into CA]
  
The questions here are the simple cases, and the answers are strongly biased to taking the safest path. Gun laws are filled with odd corners and peculiar court interpretations; law enforcement at all levels can be motivated by a complex relationship of opinion and politics, as well as the law. If you follow the suggestions in the pages branching from this page, it is highly unlikely you will break any laws.  That does NOT mean you cannot be arrested, prosecuted, tried and convicted! 
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* [http://www.calguns.net/calgunforum/showthread.php?t=186457 Firearms in Forests and Parks]
  
The safest path is often not the only path. Each article will have a link to a Calguns discussion thread where you may post questions; as the discussion evolves, so will the FAQ page here. Be aware that Calguns is closely read by several California law enforcement agencies, including Department of Justice staff.  Do NOT post questions that suggest you may have accidentally or deliberately committed a crime.
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* [http://www.calguns.net/calgunforum/showthread.php?t=63050 List of CA FFLs & their fee schedule]
  
Lastly, these pages cannot address WHY the laws are as they are. That’s a fruitless inquiry – the intent here is to learn to live within them, until they can be changed.
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* [http://www.calguns.net/calgunforum/showthread.php?t=498708 List of CA SOT's (Special Operations Taxpayers)]
  
Each question will open a new browser page for the answer.
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== Calguns Foundation Wiki [[FAQ]]==
  
[[How do I legally transport a HANDGUN?]]
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The questions here are the simple cases, and the answers are strongly biased to taking the safest path.  Gun laws are filled with odd corners and peculiar court interpretations; law enforcement at all levels can be motivated by a complex relationship of opinion and politics, as well as the law.  If you follow the suggestions in the pages branching from this page, it is highly unlikely you will break any laws.  That does NOT mean you cannot be arrested, prosecuted, tried and convicted! 
  
[[How do I legally transport a LONG GUN?]]
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The safest path is often not the only path.  Each article will have a link to a Calguns discussion thread where you may post questions; as the discussion evolves, so will the FAQ page here.  Be aware that Calguns is closely read by several California law enforcement agencies, including Department of Justice staff.  Do NOT post questions that suggest you may have accidentally or deliberately committed a crime.
  
[[How do I legally transport AMMUNITION?]]
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Lastly, these pages cannot address WHY the laws are as they are.  That’s a fruitless inquiry – the intent here is to learn to live within them, until they can be changed.
  
[[How do I legally transport a REGISTERED “ASSAULT WEAPON”?]]
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The [[FAQ|Frequently Asked Questions]] are available [[FAQ|here]].
  
[[What is a REGISTERED “ASSAULT WEAPON”?]]
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=== I got this email, I heard it at the gun store, is it true? ===
  
[[What is an OFF LIST LOWER (OLL)?]]
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Mostly not, but specifically
  
[[Where can I HAVE A FIREARM?]]
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* Ammunition serialization - a real proposal ''once'', but not active in either Federal or California in 2008-2009
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* Brady gun-ban list, from Alan Korwin - not in 2009 House or Senate
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* Microstamping begins in 2010 - very probably not
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* Can't have loaded magazines in same locked case as handgun - wrong, that's legal
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* AR-type rifle with 'bullet button' must be top-loaded or is an illegal 'assault weapon' if magazine removed - wrong.
  
[[What FIREARMS ARE LEGAL IN CALIFORNIA?]]
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Please note that 'these are not currently active' is ''different'' from 'this cannot happen'.
  
[[How do I get a CONCEALED WEAPONS LICENSE?]]
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== Work in Progress ==
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Of course a project like an FAQ will never be complete.
  
[[How do I BUY A GUN?]]
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If you have a suggestion for a question to add (even better, if you have the ANSWER!) please open a new thread at Calguns and tell us.
  
[[Can I BUY A GUN OUTSIDE CALIFORNIA?]]
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Similarly, please point out errors; do remember, this level of answer is '''not''' intended to be complete and not intended to cover all possible variations and complications - such discussions deserve longer treatment of the main Wiki or longer discussions.
  
[[Can I BUY A HANDGUN NOT ON THE “ROSTER”?]]
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Original [http://www.calguns.net/calgunforum/showthread.php?t=207976 Discussion thread for this top FAQ page].
  
[[Can I BUY/SELL/OWN AN UNREGISTERED FIREARM?]]
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==Reference==
  
[[What is an INTRAFAMILY TRANSFER?]]
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* [http://www.atf.gov/firearms/faq/faqindex.htm BATF FAQs]
  
[[What is a PRIVATE PARTY TRANSFER?]]
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* [http://ag.ca.gov/firearms/faq.php California Department of Justice FAQs]
  
[[What are AGE LIMITS for …]]
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* [http://ag.ca.gov/firearms/forms/pdf/Cfl2007.pdf California Firearms Laws Summary Booklet]  
  
[[What is UNLOADED OPEN CARRY (UOC)?]]
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* [http://www.calguns.net/calgunforum/showthread.php?t=56818 Calguns "tips for new members”]  
  
[[Where can I read the PENAL CODE for FIREARMS?]]
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* [http://www.calguns.net/calgunforum/showthread.php?t=197295 Frequently Asked Questions on Ownership of a California Registered Assault Weapon (RAW)]  
  
[[What about KNIVES?]]
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* [http://www.calguns.net/calgunforum/showthread.php?p=2684348 Important FAQs and info (centerfire rifles)]
  
[[What about MAGAZINES?]]
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* [http://www.calguns.net/calgunforum/showthread.php?t=181917 Shipping firearms into CA]
  
== Work in Progress ==
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* [http://www.calguns.net/calgunforum/showthread.php?t=186457 Firearms in Forests and Parks]
Of course a project like an FAQ will never be complete.
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If you have a suggestion for a question to add (even better, if you have the ANSWER!) please open a new thread at Calguns and tell us.
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* [http://www.calguns.net/calgunforum/showthread.php?t=63050 List of CA FFLs & their fee schedule]
  
Similarly, please point out errors; do remember, this level of answer is '''not''' intended to be complete and not intended to cover all possible variations and complications - such discussions deserve longer treatment of the main Wiki or longer discussions.
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[[Category: FAQ]]
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[[Category: Legal]]

Latest revision as of 08:31, 18 December 2011

The Calguns Foundation Wiki

Frequently Asked Questions Page

The rest of the Calguns Foundation Wiki is essentially reference material. This section will refer back to those pages, but the articles here are applications – what does this really mean? What does this allow me to do, or demand that I do not do?

This is not legal advice. The authors are not qualified to give legal advice, and even if they were, none of them are ‘’your’’ lawyer. Take legal advice only from licensed professionals whom ‘’you’’ are paying for specific advice for your circumstances.

The base assumption in all these questions and answers is that the reader is a resident of only California, and is not a ‘prohibited person’ who would be ineligible to buy or possess firearms.

Before we begin: Other FAQs

BATF FAQs

The Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms has several FAQ pages - here is [1]

DOJ FAQs

  • The California Department of Justice has its set of FAQs

Calguns FAQs

  • The most comprehensive FAQ can be found here.

Calguns Foundation Wiki FAQ

The questions here are the simple cases, and the answers are strongly biased to taking the safest path. Gun laws are filled with odd corners and peculiar court interpretations; law enforcement at all levels can be motivated by a complex relationship of opinion and politics, as well as the law. If you follow the suggestions in the pages branching from this page, it is highly unlikely you will break any laws. That does NOT mean you cannot be arrested, prosecuted, tried and convicted!

The safest path is often not the only path. Each article will have a link to a Calguns discussion thread where you may post questions; as the discussion evolves, so will the FAQ page here. Be aware that Calguns is closely read by several California law enforcement agencies, including Department of Justice staff. Do NOT post questions that suggest you may have accidentally or deliberately committed a crime.

Lastly, these pages cannot address WHY the laws are as they are. That’s a fruitless inquiry – the intent here is to learn to live within them, until they can be changed.

The Frequently Asked Questions are available here.

I got this email, I heard it at the gun store, is it true?

Mostly not, but specifically

  • Ammunition serialization - a real proposal once, but not active in either Federal or California in 2008-2009
  • Brady gun-ban list, from Alan Korwin - not in 2009 House or Senate


  • Microstamping begins in 2010 - very probably not
  • Can't have loaded magazines in same locked case as handgun - wrong, that's legal
  • AR-type rifle with 'bullet button' must be top-loaded or is an illegal 'assault weapon' if magazine removed - wrong.

Please note that 'these are not currently active' is different from 'this cannot happen'.

Work in Progress

Of course a project like an FAQ will never be complete.

If you have a suggestion for a question to add (even better, if you have the ANSWER!) please open a new thread at Calguns and tell us.

Similarly, please point out errors; do remember, this level of answer is not intended to be complete and not intended to cover all possible variations and complications - such discussions deserve longer treatment of the main Wiki or longer discussions.

Original Discussion thread for this top FAQ page.

Reference