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va1adez
03-09-2006, 12:09 PM
I sometimes visit the Bay area from san Diego. I like taking my firearms. My father and I usually go to a range there in the Bay area. Is it legal for me to travel with them?????

Jeff Rambo
03-09-2006, 12:16 PM
As long as they are transported legally and lawfully, you are good to go.

Gromulin
03-09-2006, 12:21 PM
Short answer:
Handguns in locked case (or trunk), unloaded, no charged magazines.

Ammo, un-charged Magazines in separate locked container.

Long guns unloaded, but no need to lock.

Might be leaning towards overkill, but I have no time to argue with a LEO over miniscule interpretations of what a "loaded' handgun is. Be on the safe side, unload your mags, and keep ammo separate.

See here for eye-bleeding legalese:

http://www.ag.ca.gov/firearms/dwcl/12020.htm

aznglocker
03-10-2006, 12:00 AM
Laws for registered AW's are the the same as handguns.

EBWhite
03-10-2006, 12:28 AM
long guns in the back window or right next to you is fine. However, they must be unloaded and keep it away from them...

Mael
03-10-2006, 8:48 AM
Here's a little blurb from the DOJ that outlines traveling with firearms in California.

http://caag.state.ca.us/firearms/travel.htm

mrtoeknee
03-10-2006, 12:39 PM
What if I keep my handguns in the back of my Suburban? Are they still considered within "reach"? I guess technically they are still in the same cabin area as the driver (me), I would be capable of jumping over two rows of seats and reaching over my amp rack & subs. Is the cargo area of an SUV considered to be a Locked Container? Should I invest in a locked container to keep in the cargo area? Only time I would keep the handguns in the car is when going to the range. Thanks in advance for helping out a noob.

Tony


After searching, I found this link (http://www.calguns.net/calgunforum/showthread.php?t=27613&highlight=suv+traveling).

C.G.
03-10-2006, 3:15 PM
What if I keep my handguns in the back of my Suburban? Are they still considered within "reach"? I guess technically they are still in the same cabin area as the driver (me), I would be capable of jumping over two rows of seats and reaching over my amp rack & subs. Is the cargo area of an SUV considered to be a Locked Container? Should I invest in a locked container to keep in the cargo area? Only time I would keep the handguns in the car is when going to the range. Thanks in advance for helping out a noob.

Tony


After searching, I found this link (http://www.calguns.net/calgunforum/showthread.php?t=27613&highlight=suv+traveling).

The trunk of a car is considered a locked container, but not the back of an SUV. You need to have your handguns in a locked container in your case. Another possibility, those dog bars that separate the passenger area from the back could be sufficient, but they probably would have to be permanent.