California Handgun Laws


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Jesse308
December 5, 2004, 06:06 PM
I know in some states, an 18-year-old can purchase a handgun by a PPT or given one by a family member. I would like to know if this is also legal here in California? I can't seem to find any info on it.

Thanks

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Typhoon
December 5, 2004, 06:33 PM
According to the book, "How to Own a Gun and Stay Out of Jail," 2003 California version by John Machtinger, the answer is no. Must be 21 to own a handgun and/or purchase handgun ammo. You can shoot one (temporary possession) but only with parental/legal guardian's consent.

gunsmith
December 5, 2004, 07:48 PM
can buy a rifle of shotgun though-IANAL

Typhoon
December 5, 2004, 08:05 PM
Yeah, 18 for long guns. Good thing, too. My Dad armed me with a shotgun when I turned 18... Yeah, Dad! (Still have it, but won't admit to how many years later...)

magsnubby
December 6, 2004, 09:34 PM
The DOJ web site has all the info you'll need on gun laws.

www.caag.state.ca.us/firearms

Jesse308
December 6, 2004, 11:57 PM
Magsnubby, I looked on the DOJ's website but couldn't find any info on what I was looking for. Thanks

Librarian
December 7, 2004, 04:24 AM
On Cal Atty Gen's Firearms page (http://caag.state.ca.us/firearms/)
follow the link
The Dangerous Weapons Control Laws for the year 2004
then on the next page
12101 thru 12101 Juveniles

What is missing is a clear statement 'Minors may....'; there is only a set of 'Minors may not...'. It's risky to conclude that what is not forbidden is permitted, but there we are.

BTW, 0-17 is "Child", 18, 19, 20 is 'Minor' but not child.

EOD Guy
December 7, 2004, 12:29 PM
It is perfectly legal for a parent to give a son or daughter that is over 18 a hand gun as long as that child has a handgun safety certificate. The child receiving the handgun must then register it with the state using a form available at the Cal DOJ web site. I costs $19.00 to register any number of handguns.

See the link. http://ag.ca.gov/firearms/forms/pdf/oplaw.pdf

The Penal Code reference is at PC12078(c).

armoredman
December 7, 2004, 01:34 PM
California Handgun Laws ... are why I live in Arizona!

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