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Is it illegal to have a gun that is orange?

Discussion in 'Legal' started by MikePGS, Nov 18, 2012.

  1. MikePGS

    MikePGS Well-Known Member

    I read "somewhere" before (don't remember where) that it is not legal to have a gun that is orange. I know some after market accessories for Glock's are orange (magazine base plates, and mags, some others) and I've seen pictures of orange guns online (not 100% sure whether or not they were for training purposes) but for some reason I'm under the impression that you are not allowed to have a gun that is orange. Does anyone know whether or not this is legal or not? Thanks in advance.
  2. R.W.Dale

    R.W.Dale Well-Known Member

    Don't know but I've always wanted a hunting rifle with a safety orange stock and have been stymied.

    The closest is the chartreuse grips on my s&w

    posted via that mobile app with the sig lines everyone complaints about
  3. MedWheeler

    MedWheeler Well-Known Member

    I know of no such law. In fact, didn't that nutjob in Tennessee that was parading around parks displaying an AK-47 have it painted orange? He was charged with some "breach of peace" crime, but never for having an "orange gun."
  4. bigfatdave

    bigfatdave Well-Known Member

    There was some nonsense in NYC about this, but in the real world, no.

    Personally I don't want real guns that look like toys or toys that look like real guns - but there's no need for legislation to enforce that concept.
  5. 56hawk

    56hawk Well-Known Member

    I sure hope not.

  6. ArthurDent

    ArthurDent Well-Known Member

  7. LeonCarr

    LeonCarr Well-Known Member

    Most Remington 870 stocks that are Orange have the words "LESS LETHAL" written on the stock indicating their use for Less Lethal Munitions only, such as bean bag rounds, tear gas, rubber buckshot, etc.

    Maybe that is why Orange is not encouraged for use on "live ammo" type guns, but I have never seen a law stating that the color is illegal for firearms use.

    Just my .02,
  8. MikePGS

    MikePGS Well-Known Member

    I mostly mean stuff like this


    That is actually the configuration I like, orange frame, black slide. I really don't know where I heard that it was not legal before, but it very well could have some entanglement (in my mind) with airsoft guns requiring an orange tip (if they in fact do).
    Last edited: Nov 18, 2012
  9. jmorris

    jmorris Well-Known Member

    That looks red to me.
  10. suemarkp

    suemarkp Well-Known Member

    Doesn't California have a law regarding colors? Something like you can get the black and grey XD pistols, but not the tan ones. I didn't think they had a specific prohibition on orange, but guns had to be a certain set of allowed colors.
  11. bigfatdave

    bigfatdave Well-Known Member

    those idiots require seperate "safety" testing on each model of a gun - that's where the "this color os OK but this other one isn't" comes from.
  12. blarby

    blarby Well-Known Member

    Green or orange guns are "banned" in California.

    CA Penal Code:12020.3. Any person who, for commercial purposes, purchases, sells, manufacturers, ships, transports, distributes, or receives a firearm, where the coloration of the entire exterior surface of the firearm is bright orange or bright green, either singly, in combination, or as the predominant color in combination with other colors in any pattern, is liable for a civil fine in an action brought by the city attorney of the city or the district attorney for the county of not more than ten thousand dollars ($10,000).
  13. fanchisimo

    fanchisimo Well-Known Member

    It's better to lean towards the safe side of the law, but it seems like you could argue what is a bright orange/green and doesn't that say entire exterior surface, or predominant? To me it seems like there is some gray area with the Orange/Green issue. I could be reading it wrong, but legal jargon is bout the same as latin to me.
  14. evan price

    evan price Well-Known Member

  15. heyjoe

    heyjoe Well-Known Member

    nassau county ny passed a law prohibiting all but a few colors for guns but it has been tied up under legal challenge in court for years now.
  16. MtnCreek

    MtnCreek Well-Known Member

    Asking a question about ‘why’ California would do something is probably a dumb question, but here-gos. Why would a green gun be outlawed? I understand (somewhat) orange, but why green? Seems like blue would be a better candidate than green…
  17. Trent

    Trent Resident Wiseguy

    Probably because as a kid, we used to have green plastic M-16's that made machinegun sounds when the trigger was pulled. Didn't you ever play Army as a child? Or did they use 1903's back then. :)
  18. BlisteringSilence

    BlisteringSilence Well-Known Member

    Bright orange, green, and yellow stocks signify less-lethal shotguns. Orange and green are used interchangeably nationwide, and generally mean impact or chemical launchers.

    Yellow is used by taser for their shotgun round.

    Personally, I don't know of any agencies outside california that use green for less lethal, but given that the quoted law was a california law, it would make sense that they would define it that way.

    This is one of those places where I would hope common sense would override the need for legislation. Don't make your guns colors that would cause people (and specifically children) to assume they're anything other than what they are: dangerous weapons.

    Pics for reference:


  19. Sav .250

    Sav .250 Well-Known Member

    Could you be thinking of the "orange tip" on airsoft ,fake weapons ? It`s illegal to remove the orange-tip from those.
  20. highlander 5

    highlander 5 Well-Known Member

    I've seen some ARs in various colors mostly pink or purple though. I seem to remember a company 30+ years ago that had pocket pistols in different colors. They were trying to get the woman's market,don't know how successful they were. Wasn't S&W it was Llama I think.

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