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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

  • The California Department of Justice has its set of FAQs
  • Calguns member Jicko has an FAQ thread TIPS for "new members” with links to things not covered here e.g. hardware, building AR-type rifles.

Calguns Foundation Wiki FAQs

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.

Each question will open a new browser page for the answer.

How do I legally transport a HANDGUN?

How do I legally transport a LONG GUN?

How do I legally transport AMMUNITION?

How do I legally transport a REGISTERED “ASSAULT WEAPON”?

What is a REGISTERED “ASSAULT WEAPON”?

What is an OFF LIST LOWER (OLL)?

Where can I HAVE A FIREARM?

What FIREARMS ARE LEGAL IN CALIFORNIA?

How do I get a CONCEALED WEAPONS LICENSE?

How do I BUY A GUN?

Can I BUY A GUN OUTSIDE CALIFORNIA?

Can I BUY A HANDGUN NOT ON THE “ROSTER”?

Can I BUY/SELL AN UNREGISTERED FIREARM?

What is an INTRAFAMILY TRANSFER?

What is a PRIVATE PARTY TRANSFER?

What are AGE LIMITS for …

What is UNLOADED OPEN CARRY (UOC)?

Where can I read the PENAL CODE for FIREARMS?

What about KNIVES?

What about MAGAZINES?