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Old 11-09-2012, 11:42 PM
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Current numbering for that is PC 16850
California Penal Code Section 16850

As used in Sections 17740, 23925, 25105, 25205, and 25610,
in Article 3 (commencing with Section 25505) of Chapter 2 of Division
5 of Title 4, and in Chapter 6 (commencing with Section 26350) of
Division 5 of Title 4, "locked container" means a secure container
that is fully enclosed and locked by a padlock, keylock, combination
lock, or similar locking device.

The term "locked container" does not include the utility or
glove compartment of a motor vehicle.
Since whatever genius wrote that did not bother to define "the utility ... compartment of a motor vehicle", we're never really sure. And that point has not made it into an appellate court case, so no judge has had an opportunity to clarify.

In my opinion, whatever that may be worth, said long-ago genius couldn't remember 'center console' as a term; everything else in the folklore points to a desire to keep handguns unavailable for ready use.
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Sometimes I forget: anything I post relative to CA law is in the light of current law, as of the date of the post.

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- most questions that start 'Is it legal ...' go there.

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