January 1 2014: New Gun Laws Hit California

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Although the laws were put in place in 2011, today is the date that new gun laws in California go into effect.

  • Long guns transferred through a dealer or a private owner, requires registration of the long gun with the California Department of Justice. If the transfer takes place through a dealer, registration will happen automatically. If through a private sale, it is the responsibility of the new owner to register the weapon.
  • Individuals moving into California who are current gun owners are compelled to register their long gun with the California Department of Justice.
  • Transfer of relic or curio long guns (more than 50 years old) are no longer exempt and must also be registered.
  • It is now illegal for a person to manufacture, import, sell, give, lend buy or receive “large capacity magazine conversion kits”
  • If you keep a loaded weapon in your residence and someone prohibited from possessing firearms gains access to it, the homeowner can be held liable for any injury that results or if that prohibited person carries the firearm into a public place.
  • A charge of “Criminal storage in the Third Degree” can result if an individual maintains a loaded firearm in a location known to be accessible by a minor.

For more information on these and other changes to the California Penal Code as related to guns, visit the NRA Institute for Legislative Action page.

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