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Old 09-16-2012, 6:26 PM
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Default Buying guns while in the military, bringing guns to CA, CCW

With PCS to CA you are a CA resident
In CA, your PCS orders make you a CA resident for gun-buying purposes; you may buy guns at any CA FFL just as a 'regular' CA resident may.
Your orders are proof of residency
For handguns, you do not need more proof of residency than a copy of your orders. See the wiki article --
BATF ruled you are not a resident of any other state but PCS state, for gun buying purposes
BATF has ruled that, for gun buying purposes, you are ONLY a resident of the state where you are stationed PCS - for guns, you are NOT a resident of any other state, even though you may still vote, pay taxes, maintain your driver license, and own property there. See the wiki article on residency -- That means if your PCS orders are to CA, you may not legally buy guns outside of CA.
Handgun Roster does not apply when you are ordered here
You may bring most of your guns with you; the Handgun Roster does not apply to moving or visiting here.
Can I bring what California calls an 'assault weapon'?
No. It is not possible to register them any more - all registration periods heve been closed for a decade. There still exists the concept of the Military Assault Weapon Permit (MAWP), but the program is broken (CA-DOJ insists on a letter from base/post commander verifying that private weapons have a military necessity.)

Your issue weapons are excepted.

Presuming your weapon is not listed in the banned-by-name group (see the Flowchart - you may add a magazine locking device ('bullet button") and use 10-round magazines in it while in CA.

See the wiki --
Can I bring in magazines with capacity greater than 10?
No. Magazines issued to you by your service are excepted.
Don't worry about handgun registration
Military is exempt from registering handguns (or long guns, beginning in 2014) as a 'new resident' 'personal handgun importer'.

See the wiki article --
Out of state CCW is not valid
CA does not honor any out of state CCW licenses/permits. CA law does not consider active duty military any differently from non-military when considering an application. In many places, CCW is very difficult to get; in some places it is not hard, but takes a long time.
Calguns Wiki, Magazine Qs, Knife laws

Unless there is some way to amend a bill so you would support it,
the details do not matter until the Governor signs or allows the bill to become law.

Ask CA law questions in the How CA Laws Apply to/Affect Me Forum
- most questions that start 'Is it legal ...' go there.

Not a lawyer, just Some Guy On The Interwebs.

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