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Fishing while armed on the Colorado

Discussion in 'Legal' started by Triphammer, May 14, 2011.

  1. Triphammer

    Triphammer Well-Known Member

    I'll be fishing a lower Colorado River lake in a couple weeks and am wondering;
    I'm an Arizona resident, have a CCW, I always carry concealed while out. I will be in possesion of a firearm while fishing & if I venture to the Califoria side of the river, will I be in violation of any Ca. statutes? I don't plan on landing on the Ca. side but if I do, then what?
  2. Supertac45

    Supertac45 Well-Known Member

    Are you carrying open or concealed?
  3. deadin

    deadin Well-Known Member

    Well, he said concealed and I doubt that CA recognizes AZ permits, so, yes, violation of CA statutes.
  4. Triphammer

    Triphammer Well-Known Member

    Open carry, then, would not be in violation? Would the firearm need to be unloaded?
  5. deadin

    deadin Well-Known Member

    Someone from CA will have to answer the open carry question as I don't know the laws about OC there.
  6. Jeff F

    Jeff F Well-Known Member

    As a former California resident, My best guess would be, Don't go to the CA side with a loaded sidearm. I moved out of California when their firearm laws became such as you need a law degree to figure them out and half the time you still could not figure it out.
  7. danez71

    danez71 Well-Known Member

    Former CA resident that tries to keep up -

    UNLOADED Open carry is legal CA.


    It may not be that simple though. What lake are you fishing?

    For example, Lake Havasu has BLM and AZ State Park campsites all along the AZ side of the lake that most all have some type of a restroom that you may want to us.
    Last edited: May 15, 2011
  8. RETG

    RETG Well-Known Member

    BLM follows the handgun/shooting laws of the state the land is located in (however they do have their own allowed places to shoot or not to shoot). If you are legal in AZ, and are on BLM land in AZ, you are legal on the BLM land. You are also allowed to carry into a BLM restroom in that state. (Just don't let if fall into the vault toilet:evil:)
  9. Triphammer

    Triphammer Well-Known Member

    I'll be fishing Martinez, just north of Yuma. It may be inevitable I happen into California on occasion.
  10. ants

    ants Well-Known Member

    If you REALLY want to be legal, it's probably harder than we think.

    Or at least inconvenient.

    State line is not necessarily the center of river or reservoir. In general, its the centerline of the river channel back when they set state boundaries, long before the Imperial Dam was built, creating Imperial Reservoir.

    Technically, it would be wise to carry navigation charts and use your map reckoning skills (a GPS would help greatly). Prior to entering California waters, you must unload the gun. Unloaded, the gun may be carried open to view in a holster, or stowed in a case or a bag, until you return to Arizona.

    Since Arizona also allows open carry, perhaps open carry on both sides of the boundary is smarter, as long as you unload it before crossing to California, then you may reload it again after crossing back to Arizona.

    For some anglers, it ain't worth it. Either fish armed only on the Arizona side, or don't carry a handgun if you want to cross to California. Or load/unload as you cross state lines. The lawful choices are clear. The choice you make is your own business.
  11. hermannr

    hermannr Well-Known Member

    If you are on the water don't worry about it. It is just like your fishing license, they do not have some arbitrary line in the water. If you put in on the Arizona side and fishing with an AZ fishing license, you really do not want to land and go ashore on the CA anyway.

    This probably sounds funny, but it is totally valid. Follow your fishing license. If your Arizona fishing license says don't fish here...just don't go there. If it legal to fish using AZ law, it is legal to follow the rest of AZ law too.

    It's just like the Columbia at Roosevelt Lake. One side is Indian Reservation (Must have a tribal license) the other side is WA state. Which side you are on, and which license you need depends on where you launch, or if fishing from shore, which shore you are standing on.

    Same with Oregon/Washington border that is Columbia River. Read your fishing regs, follow them and you will be fine.
    Last edited: May 15, 2011
  12. AlaskaMan

    AlaskaMan Well-Known Member

    Nevada, Arizona and California have a Tri-Party Agreement. That is, if you are afloat on the waters of the Colorado where Arizona and Nevada share a water border, then either state can contact you, and enforce the laws of that state. The same with Arizona and California. That's why you have the Califonia stamp on your Arizona fishing license, the Nevada stamp on your Arizona license, or the Arizona stamp on your California fishing license. (Nevada and California do not share a water border on the Colorado River.)

    If you're on a boat on the Colorado near Yuma, and an Arizona Game and Fish Officer contacts you, they will be enforcing Arizona law. Same body of water, and a California Depart of Fish and Game (or more likely a San Bernadino County Sheriff's Office) contacts you they will be enforcing California state law. Fishing from the shore? Don't need the adjoining states' fishing stamp. Fishing from a boat, and you do.

    Operating the boat drunk (over 0.08% BAC) and the same story applies. The state line doesn't matter, just the agency that makes contact with you.

    The state line for Nevada, Arizona and California follow the center of the old Colorado river channel. That has been obscured since the creation of Hoover Dam that formed Lake Mead (Nevada and Arizona), Lake Mohave behind Davis Dam (Nevada and Arizona), Lake Havasu (California and Arizona) and downstream to Mexico.
  13. ants

    ants Well-Known Member

    Add to AlaskaMan:

    Triphammer will be fishing adjacent to Imperial County, not San Berdoo County.
  14. Taniwha

    Taniwha Well-Known Member

    I know this is going to sound silly but,
    Why don`t you leave it in your truck?
    When in doubt err on the side of caution
  15. Jeff F

    Jeff F Well-Known Member

    And your point is?
    Why would you want to open carry an unloaded gun?
    All you are asking for is interaction with LE thats probably not going to end well.
    Just because you can does not mean you should.
    Open carry of a loaded sidearm is legal here, and I do sometimes, but I would not in Reno, Sparks, LV, or any of the other big city's. It can just be a can of worms you don't want to open.
  16. hermannr

    hermannr Well-Known Member

    Alaska Man. Are you sure you are under the law of the state that checks your credentials? If so, I really like the Columbia River rules better..UGH! Much rather know for sure what the law is, then have to guess who will check me.
  17. Greg528iT

    Greg528iT Well-Known Member

    those must be some big scary fish, needing to go in armed. ;) Now off the coast of Cali, fishing for Sharks, hey I'd want my gun. :D
    just joshing
  18. ants

    ants Well-Known Member

    Clarification necessary

    Maybe hermannr misunderstood AlaskaMan's comment.

    The state official who stops you will check your fishing license.

    Now, the OP question wasn't about fishing licenses.
    It was about carrying a concealed firearm.
    That's not a fish license regulation.

    A state's public safety regulations are enforceable within its boundary.
    Each state DOES have a specific surveyed boundary,
    regardless of whether they flooded the river or not.
    The regulations of a state apply within its boundaries only.
    [Example: Commit murder while boating in the river on the California side,
    and the Arizona LE official may hold you until the California LE official arrives.
    You will be charged under California law if you were on the CA side of the boundary.]

    And yes, them bullhead catfish get REALLY big.
    Better shoot 'em before they shoot you.
  19. dprice3844444

    dprice3844444 member

    check with your local dept of licensing and see if they have reciprosity aggreements with the other states
  20. dprice3844444

    dprice3844444 member

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