California Vacation trip (Firearms?)


Blue Brick
May 6, 2009, 02:18 AM
I am going (not flying) on an overnight trip to California from Arizona; can I take a revolver into California?

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May 6, 2009, 03:58 AM
yes, but it must be unloaded, and in a locked container.

locked container means, strudy zippered bag, trunk, gun box. The center consol or the glove box= felony.

assuming your staying in a hotel room, you can load up and have it ready while staying there. hell you can super glue it to your butt if you want. ( what I'm saying is if you want to carry in the hotel room, your fine, same with camping as long as its not a state park or federal park that says no guns)

May 6, 2009, 12:54 PM
Don't forget your ammo must also be in a separate locked container. They don't make it easy.

In the event you're being car jacked in LA or Riverside, ask the criminal to wait 10 minutes while you unlock both containers and load your gun.

May 6, 2009, 12:58 PM
Ammo does NOT need to be in a separate container, or locked up at all, assuming that the gun is locked up. You can go to the sporting goods store, buy 1000 rounds on sale, and toss them on the seat if you want. Good luck finding any ammo, to say nothing of large quantities, especially on sale, right now, though.:)

Loose ammo, loaded magazines, or ammo in speedloaders can also be locked in the same container as the firearm, as long as the gun itself does not have any rounds or a loaded magazine in it. Yes, your 1911 with three loaded magazines touching it in the container is legal, but a loaded magazine in the well is illegal. Don't ask laws to make sense.

Go here: and scroll down a bit.

According to the California Highway Patrol:
If you wish to transport a handgun during your California visit, it should be carried unloaded in a locked container. In the absence of a suitable container, you may secure the unloaded handgun in the locked trunk of a passenger car. Ammunition may be kept in the same container or trunk, but the handgun must remain unloaded with no rounds in the cylinder and no loaded magazines in the magazine well.

harmon rabb
May 6, 2009, 01:26 PM
god i hate ************. would never ever move there.

without a cwp, in my state you can legally have a loaded gun in your glovebox. (i'm in florida)

May 6, 2009, 01:59 PM
You're going to hear enough wrong info about California gun laws to drive at least me crazy.

ArmedBear is correct. IF you are not committing a crime and are not a gang member, you can have an unloaded handgun plus loaded magazines or speed loaders in the same locked bag on the seat next to you in the car. Can't be in the glove compartment or center console.

Your place of rest is considered to be your home and you can load the handgun.

Also, California has no requirement to retreat anywhere plus a Castle Doctrine law for your place of rest.

Enjoy your trip.

May 6, 2009, 03:49 PM
Well thats what I've been told and what my fellow owners do, but I stand corrected. Of course, give it a couple years and you probably will be required by law to put your ammo in a separate locked box on your next vacation :cool:

Blue Brick
May 6, 2009, 05:19 PM
Thank you.

May 6, 2009, 08:38 PM
I dont think that California and the second amendment right to bear arms can be mentioned in the same sentence.

May 6, 2009, 09:16 PM
Mark my words, gentlemen . . . change will be coming to California. Maybe not soon, but it will come. Heller was about the right to Keep Arms. We will get a case about the right to Bear Arms - and IMO, having to keep your gun unloaded will be found to be a functional disarmament, and against the right to Bear arms. Keep your fingers crossed.

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