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MistWolf
06-07-2012, 1:37 PM
I reside in another state and may be taking a contract job in the L.A. area. As long as I only have the 10 round reduced cap magazines, can I legally bring a Walther PPQ with me?

Are there any other laws concerning bringing firearms from out of state I should be aware of?

(I will NOT be bringing any self loading rifles with evil features or any detachable magazines with a capacity of more than 10 rounds)

Thanks!

unusedusername
06-07-2012, 1:47 PM
Hi and welcome to calguns!

First, "evil" rifles are not the only thing here banned. "Evil" handguns are banned as well, which probably won't affect your PPQ unless you have a model with a threaded barrel.

Take a look at the gun-flowcharts to see if your gun would be legal here:
Pistol flowchart (http://www.calguns.net/caawid/hgflowchart.pdf), Rifle flowchart (http://www.calguns.net/caawid/flowchart.pdf), Shotgun flowchart (http://www.calguns.net/caawid/sgflowchart.pdf).

How long is your contract job? If you are changing your residency to California (e.g. getting a CA drivers license, filing for income taxes in CA, voting in CA) then you need to file a form with the CA DOJ to register the guns in CA that you plan to bring here. The form can be found here (http://oag.ca.gov/sites/all/files/pdfs/firearms/forms/ab991frm.pdf). You have (I believe) 90 (not 90, oops!) 60 days after you move here to fill out the form.

The DOJ site appears to be down right now, but the form will be there when it comes back up, hopefully.

MistWolf
06-07-2012, 2:00 PM
It is a temporary job to carry me through the summer

unusedusername
06-07-2012, 2:05 PM
Since you have 90 60 days to fill out the form, if you are here for less then 90 60 days then you are probably OK with not filling out the form.

Be aware that if you do something illegal with the gun then having it not registered is an add-on charge (but is not illegal on its own).

Your handgun would still need to be compliant with the flowcharts.

RickD427
06-07-2012, 3:44 PM
Welcome to California.

The flowcharts will give you good guidance on what you can bring in. The "Safe Gun" roster will severely impact what handguns you can buy here if you become a resident.

One caution on the registration. California prohibits (with certain exceptions) the carrying of a loaded firearm and the carrying of a concealed firearm. Our concealed weapon law differs from the law in many other states. California bans the carrying of a concealed weapon on your person, just as many other states do. It also bans the carrying of a concealed weapon in a vehicle (that's a much broader reach than a lotta other states.)

Both laws are misdemeanors if the weapon is registered to you in the California DOJ database. They are felonies if the weapon is not registered to you. That's a pretty big difference.

Untamed1972
06-07-2012, 3:55 PM
Since you have 90 days to fill out the form, if you are here for less then 90 days then you are probably OK with not filling out the form.

Be aware that if you do something illegal with the gun then having it not registered is an add-on charge (but is not illegal on its own).

Your handgun would still need to be compliant with the flowcharts.

I thought it was 60 days?

unusedusername
06-07-2012, 4:37 PM
I thought it was 60 days?

Oops! Yes it is 60 days (http://oag.ca.gov/firearms/ab991).

Any person who moves into California and who brings any pistol, revolver, or other firearm capable of being concealed upon the person is considered to be a "Personal Handgun Importer" and is required to do one of the following within 60 days:

I will edit my posts above to reflect this.

stix213
06-07-2012, 4:48 PM
Bring your PPQ in a secure locked case while unloaded. Loaded mags are allowed to be in the same case. Make sure you don't have a threaded barrel installed in the gun, though possession of the threaded barrel itself is not illegal. Don't bring in any mags of greater than 10 round capacity unless you either had them here prior to 1/1/2000, or have taken them apart.

You only need to register your gun here is you're changing residency to here I believe. Doesn't sound like that is the case. Any CCW/CHL you may have in another state is invalid here.

If you're on private property that is not accessible to the public (like in the home you are living) feel free to load up and even conceal.

IANAL

MistWolf
06-08-2012, 3:22 AM
No plans to carry concealed, no plans to carry a loaded weapon in my vehicle, no plans to open carry unless I'm out in the desert plinkin'.

Thanks to everyone who responded. Trying to navigate all the new Cali firearms laws is rather confusing