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PixelBender
05-02-2012, 10:10 AM
A friend of mine lives out of state and she did all this research (range trips) and found the gun she loved best. You know, the one that fits your hand perfectly, and seems to shoot strait with little to no effort.

Well, a few months later she gets word she's moving to California, work or something, I dont recall. She looked into the legality of bringing her firearms across state and found that her pistol, the Walther PPK, is on one of the many California "lists."

I'm not sure what list she's talking about, but wanted to know if this is the kind of pistol she can convert to a single shot pistol, register it here in California (after 30 days), and legally convert it back to multi shot. I believe she does have a magazine issue, as the OEM-AssaultMagazines can hold 12(why anyone would need 12 beats me :rolleyes: ). I'm not 100% sure on that either. As the .380 model hold 6+1.

I did find this...
http://www.calguns.net/calgunforum/showthread.php?t=304779
But it didn't answer my question. Hopefully you guys can.

As always, thanks for your help.

-J

Librarian
05-02-2012, 10:26 AM
Unless the PPK is somehow an 'assault weapon', none of the California 'lists' apply to handguns moved here by new residents.

See the wiki -- http://wiki.calgunsfoundation.org/Moving_to_California_with_firearms

Paul S
05-02-2012, 10:30 AM
The Walther PPK & PPKS series .380 pistols are not on the California Roster of Handguns Certified for sale. That simply means you cannot purchase a new one in California. Your friend simply brings the pistol with her when she moves. She then has 60 days to register that pistol with the state. Download the form from the AG's web site...add a $19.00 fee mail it in. Easy - peezy.
Now if or when she applies to her county's sheriff for an LTC and wants to put the Walther on the permit..that MAY be a problem depending on the policy of the particular county sheriff. Some sheriff's will only allow handguns listed on the roster to be listed on the LTC. Our former sheriff had that rule but the current sheriff does not.
Here is the roster link http://certguns.doj.ca.gov/safeguns.asp
There are many fine folks much more knowledgeable in this issue than I. Stay tuned and I'm sure there will be more info for you...and corrections if I have misstated anything. Good luck

ETA 60 days & a tip of the hat to STIX213

PixelBender
05-02-2012, 10:33 AM
Thanks Paul!

stix213
05-02-2012, 12:46 PM
The Walther PPK & PPKS series .380 pistols are not on the California Roster of Handguns Certified for sale. That simply means you cannot purchase a new one in California. Your friend simply brings the pistol with her when she moves. She then has 30 days to register that pistol with the state. Download the form from the AG's web site...add a $19.00 fee mail it in. Easy - peezy.
Now if or when she applies to her county's sheriff for an LTC and wants to put the Walther on the permit..that MAY be a problem depending on the policy of the particular county sheriff. Some sheriff's will only allow handguns listed on the roster to be listed on the LTC. Our former sheriff had that rule but the current sheriff does not.
Here is the roster link http://certguns.doj.ca.gov/safeguns.asp
There are many fine folks much more knowledgeable in this issue than I. Stay tuned and I'm sure there will be m ore info for you...and corrections if I have mistated anything. Good luck

All true except it is 60 days not 30.