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Questions: California Law on High-Capacity Magazines

Discussion in 'Legal' started by guntodd, Apr 23, 2007.

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  1. guntodd

    guntodd Member

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    I have a couple questions about high-capacity handgun magazines in CA...

    the current law limits handguns to 10 rounds - but if you own a pre-ban magazine that is 15 or 30 rounds - is it legal to own and use those magazines?

    also, can you still legally purchase a pre-ban 15, 18, 30, etc... round magazine? i don't think you can, but i just wanted to check?

    is it legal to bring a high-capacity magazine into CA from another state? for example, if i purchase magazines at a gun show in arizona, can i bring them legally into CA?


    thanks in advance! :)
     
  2. ArmedBear

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    Yes

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    It is legal to own them in California. It is illegal to bring them into California, or sell them in California.

    It is AFAIK -- CHECK FOR YOURSELF -- legal to bring parts into California, for the purpose of repairing existing legally-owned pre-ban magazines over 10 round capacity.

    Go to http://calguns.net/ for more.
     
  3. JJE

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    ArmedBear is correct. It isn't illegal to own or possess "high-capacity" magazines. The law basically prohibits commerce: manufacturing, importing (even for your own non-commercial use), selling, offering to sell, even lending.
     
  4. guntodd

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    thanks for the info everyone...as i suspected.

    i know it is illegal to sell pre-ban items to other people, but i can sell pre-ban stuff to an FFL dealer in CA, correct? i don't want to sell any of it, but i'm just curious...
     
  5. Librarian

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    For what California calls an 'assault weapon', No: PC 12285(b)(1)
    For magazines 10+ capacity, not even that:
     
  6. atek3

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    If you lived in california before 2000, and don't do anything stupid (such as use mags marked "LEO only") it's highly unlikely you'll be harrassed over Hi-Cap mags. If you moved to CA after 2000, possession of high-cap magazines is proof that they were illegally acquired...
     
  7. CountGlockula

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    Yup, we're pretty much screwed here in Cali. High capacity magazines would be great though.
     
  8. guntodd

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    I can still have tons of fun without high-capacity mags :)
     
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    I'm sure I could have "tons of fun" without having sex either. But why would I want to?

    Heck, you could probably have tons of fun if they limited you to five round mags. Heck, why not just say no autos at all? You can still have lots of fun with revolvers. I do it all the time. What, wait one.... ok, I'm sure you can have tons of fun with no handguns at all. But rifles and shotguns are still fun! (As long as they are properly registered and secured at your local gun club for use there only!)

    The term "slippery slope" really does mean something. It isn't a matter of deciding "what's the least I can live with?" Because once you agree to what you thought was the "final compromise," they will be coming back. Ask every country that has watched their guns get regulated, then registered, then restricted, then confiscated.

    Gregg
     
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    Yep, because there would be no real way they could prove when you acquired the mags.
     
  11. railroader

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    Just make sure that you have hi cap mags for guns that were available prior to 1994. Guns that came out after 1994 that have hi cap mags were never available in california prior to 2000. Guns like springfield xd and smith & wesson m&p come to mind. Mark
     
  12. Jim Diver

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    There is no law about "finding" someone's 'lost' hi-cap mags AFAIK...
     
  13. mattmcg

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    To clarify a bit here, if you owned high-cap mags prior to 2000, you have the legal right to use and own those mags. If they wear out and need to be repaired, you can buy parts to repair them. There is no limit to the individual piece parts that you can repair, only that you owned a part that was manufactured and owned prior to 2000.
     
  14. glockman19

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    For Example. I have many 20 & 30 round AR mags from long ago pre 1994. I also have many 20 round mags for M1A pre 1994. The reason I bought my M1A and AR is because I already had the hi cap mags in my posession. Totally legal. I cannot however buy new ones. I can however, buy parts to repair old ones.
     
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    Ive recently replaced the bodys springs followers and floorplates on a few of my old mags that I purchased prior to the ban
     
  16. guntodd

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    i said that because here in california, we have to be optimistic ;)

    it isn't always easy being a gun owner in CA
     
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