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Old 02-02-2013, 2:39 PM
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Default quick magazine question

Do owners of 30-round mags (who owned them legally in CA, prior to the ban) have to take them apart when traveling with them inside California? I would think "no."

Near as I can tell, the law says "California law prohibits any person from manufacturing, importing into the state, keeping for sale, offering or exposing for sale, giving, or lending any large capacity magazine. Cal. Penal Code 12020" (hopefully I quoted that correctly)

I would think that in order to prosecute someone, the state would need to prove that they were acquired after the ban went into effect, which would be difficult since mags usually don't have a date stamp.

And I don't see anything in there about possession or transportation of such mags...but it would be a shame if such an owner were charged with some serious crime, as happened to that guy in New York recently. A military vet was charged with five felonies after being found in possession of five 30-rounders which he says he owned before the ban. Granted, this is CA and not NY and their laws may differ from ours.

Am I wrong?
Old 02-02-2013, 2:42 PM
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No. Sounds like you have everything correct. Although, to save hassle, I would still disassemble rather than deal with BS.

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Old 02-02-2013, 2:43 PM
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You are correct.

You just cannot lock one into a featured semi-auto rifle with a bullet button. Those are limited to 10 rounds in CA.

Yes -- you could get hassled.
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Old 02-02-2013, 2:49 PM
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Asked and answered - no, you do not have to take them apart.
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