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10-29-2009, 3:17 PM
I did some searching and think I read the answer, but I just wanted to make sure.

I am going to be going out of CA for vacation in which I will be doing a lot of shooting. I might buy a hi cap mag to use while on vacation. If I decide not to leave my hi cap mag at my buddies, can I legally bring it back to CA?

I think it would be legal as long as I disassemble before I leave and never re-assemble it in CA.

Am I correct?


10-29-2009, 3:20 PM
I think it would be legal as long as I disassemble before I leave and never re-assemble it in CA.

Am I correct?


Yes Sir, you are Correct.

10-29-2009, 3:36 PM
Sure, if you disassemble and bring it back and don't reassemble, no harm done. Could use the parts to repair other mags, for instance. Don't reassemble, and don't import assembled mags.

10-30-2009, 6:54 AM
Thanks guys. You don't know where it happens to be written in the law do you?
That's what I couldn't find.

10-30-2009, 7:14 AM
There is no specific place where it is written into the law that you can bring back a disassembled mag.

What isn't prohibited by law is by definition legal.

There is no "constructive possession" law in California. So importing the disassembled parts of a magazine does not equate to importing a magazine.

Notice in the Penal Code section below, there is nothing listed about possession of high capacity magazines, only manufacture, importing, sell, giving, or lending. So importing the parts is good to go. Possessing the parts is good to go. Putting them back together would be manufacturing, do not do this.

12020. (a) Any person in this state who does any of the following
is punishable by imprisonment in a county jail not exceeding one year
or in the state prison:
(2) Commencing January 1, 2000, manufactures or causes to be
manufactured, imports into the state, keeps for sale, or offers or
exposes for sale, or who gives, or lends, any large-capacity

(25) As used in this section, "large-capacity magazine" means any
ammunition feeding device with the capacity to accept more than 10
rounds, but shall not be construed to include any of the following:
(A) A feeding device that has been permanently altered so that it
cannot accommodate more than 10 rounds.
(B) A .22 caliber tube ammunition feeding device.
(C) A tubular magazine that is contained in a lever-action

10-30-2009, 9:17 AM
Awesome. Thanks.