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We attempt to answer frequently asked questions about California and Federal Firearms laws on this wiki. Please note that we can not host electioneering where we attempt to influence the outcome of a campaign. CGF can host information on pending and past legislation that effects the civil rights of California Gun Owners.

California Firearms Laws


Semiautomatic Rifles

Firearms Generally



General requirements are 18" minimum barrel length, 26" minimum overall length.

Pump Shotguns

Most conceivable configurations are allowed, including:

  • Folding stocks (minimum length measured while folded applies).
  • Bayonet lugs.
  • Pistol grips.
  • Detachable magazines (Saiga's converted to single-shot, etc).

Semi-automatic Shotguns

There are a few restrictions:

  • No detachable magazine (bullet button, etc, ok).
  • No folding or telescoping stock.
  • No pistol grip, thumbhole stock, or vertical handgrip.


Curio and Relic/Licensed Collectors

Antique Firearms

Important Cases

Current CGF & RelatedOther Current

  • Kachalsky v. Cacace Challenge to New York State "proper cause" requirement for a carry license.
  • Ezell v. Chicago Challenge to Chicago's gun range ban.
  • Dearth v. Holder Challenge to Federal residency requirements to acquire firearms in DC Circuit Court of Appeals.
  • Bateman v. Perdue Challenge to NC regulations that prohibit carry and sales of firearms during emergencies, June 2010
  • D'Cruz v. BATFE Challenge to the federal ban on those 18 - 21 purchasing a handgun.
  • Jackson v San Francisco Gun storage, May 2009
  • State Ammunition v. Lindley Challenge of AB962, Handgun Ammunition Regulations, 2010
  • Baker v. Biaggi Challenge to the Nevada State Parks Gun ban, July 2010
  • Woolard v. Sheridan Challenge to concealed carry requirements in Maryland, July 2010
  • Mishaga v. Monken Challenge to Illinois State Law Prohibiting non-state residents from obtaining FOIDs, August, 2010
  • MSSA v. Holder An attempt to limit enforcement of the National Firearms Act (“NFA”), and the Gun Control Act of 1968 (“GCA”) by way of the Montana Firearms Freedom Act (“MFFA”)
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Recent legislation

2009 - AB 962 De Leon, Ammunition


Frequently Asked Questions

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