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Untamed1972
04-27-2009, 9:44 AM
Quick question for you all. If someone has dual state residency can they bring handguns they legally own in another state to CA on a temporary basis without having to register them?

If so how long can the handgun be kept in CA before registration would be required?

ChuckBooty
04-27-2009, 10:08 AM
I'm active military and an Arizona resident. The legal answer is no, according to the BATFE:

The State of residence is the State in which an individual is present; the individual also must have an intention of making a home in that State. A member of the Armed Forces on active duty is a resident of the State in which his or her permanent duty station is located. If a member of the Armed Forces maintains a home in one State and the member’s permanent duty station is in a nearby State to which he or she commutes each day, then the member has two States of residence and may purchase a firearm in either the State where the duty station is located or the State where the home is maintained. An alien who is legally in the United States is considered to be a resident of a State only if the alien is residing in that State and has resided in that State continuously for a period of at least 90 days prior to the date of sale of the firearm. See also Item 5, “Sales to Aliens in the United States,” in the General Information section of this publication.

So unless we commute everyday from our home of record, we're stuck with the Cali laws.

That being said...I know a few guys who are Arizona and Nevada residence and who buy their firearms in their "home" state. They come back here, register them w/ the DOJ (and pay the $19 fee) and have never had any trouble. They've even sold these firearms to other California members and nothing ever came back on the DROS about the firearm.

Untamed1972
04-27-2009, 10:27 AM
I'm active military and an Arizona resident. The legal answer is no, according to the BATFE:


So unless we commute everyday from our home of record, we're stuck with the Cali laws.

That being said...I know a few guys who are Arizona and Nevada residence and who buy their firearms in their "home" state. They come back here, register them w/ the DOJ (and pay the $19 fee) and have never had any trouble. They've even sold these firearms to other California members and nothing ever came back on the DROS about the firearm.


But if someone moves here and brings their guns they have, what, 60 days to register them with CA correct? So if you brought a gun over from AZ for 2 weeks and then took it back you were still within the 60 day limit aren't you?

What is the law regarding someone just visiting from another state and bringing a handgun with them? Is that allowed? How long can they have it in the state w/o having to register it?

Quiet
04-27-2009, 7:17 PM
What is the law regarding someone just visiting from another state and bringing a handgun with them? Is that allowed? How long can they have it in the state w/o having to register it?

Handgun registration is only for CA residents.

Non-residents of CA have no way of registering them, unless they become CA residents and once they establish residency, they up to 60 days to register them.

Untamed1972
04-27-2009, 8:35 PM
Handgun registration is only for CA residents.

Non-residents of CA have no way of registering them, unless they become CA residents and once they establish residency, they up to 60 days to register them.

So that's my question then regarding someone who has dual state residency. Could they bring a handgun here from thei other state of residence ona short term basis w/o having to register it?

Couldn't a person always claim that "they just brought it in from AZ last week"?

hoffmang
04-27-2009, 10:55 PM
If you keep a handgun in California for less than 60 days at any one time as a dual resident, it does not appear from the Penal Code that you would be required to register the handgun.

-Gene

Untamed1972
04-28-2009, 9:04 AM
If you keep a handgun in California for less than 60 days at any one time as a dual resident, it does not appear from the Penal Code that you would be required to register the handgun.

-Gene

Cool! Thank you Gene!

And when does that 60 day counter start running? :innocent: LOL

No need to answer....that was a rhetorical question :)