Moving to California with firearms

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Moving to California with Firearms

A person moving to California may bring his/her firearms.

Long Guns

Long guns, not California "assault weapons", are entirely unregulated.

Handguns

Handguns moved here from out of state are exempt from California's Roster of Handguns

If one brings handguns into the state when moving here, one is defined to be a personal handgun importer. PC 12072(f)(2) requires

(2) (A) On or after January 1, 1998, within 60 days of bringing a
pistol, revolver, or other firearm capable of being concealed upon
the person into this state, a personal handgun importer shall do 
one of the following:
  (i) Forward by prepaid mail or deliver in person to the  
Department of Justice, a report prescribed by the department  
including information concerning that individual and a description
of the firearm in question.
  (ii) Sell or transfer the firearm in accordance with the
provisions of subdivision (d) or in accordance with the provisions
of an exemption from subdivision (d).
  (iii) Sell or transfer the firearm to a dealer licensed pursuant 
to Section 12071.
  (iv) Sell or transfer the firearm to a sheriff or police
department.

Note that the requirement is to do one of those things within 60 days of bringing the gun into the state, not the date you move here. So long as you owned the handgun legally out of state, you may move it here at any time after you have relocated to California.

The registration form

CA-DOJ keeps many forms on line. The .PDF version of the personal handgun importer form, referenced in (2)(A)(i), above, is New Resident Handgun Ownership Report.

Magazines must be 10 rounds or fewer

With the law as it is in December 2008, it is illegal to bring large-capacity magazines, magazines holding 11 or more rounds, into California, even if the magazines and gun using them were legally owned outside of California, and even if there are no 10-round or fewer magazines made for your gun.

This is true for both long guns and handguns.