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Old 09-10-2019, 12:02 PM
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Default Bringing gun into CA short-term for recreation shooting?

I don't live in CA. I wish to temporarily bring a gun into CA for recreational shooting. Not interested in "carrying", either open or concealed. Magazine capacity will be 10 or less. No assault-type weapons. What other issues do I need to be aware of to be legal?
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Old 09-10-2019, 12:23 PM
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I don't live in CA. I wish to temporarily bring a gun into CA for recreational shooting. Not interested in "carrying", either open or concealed. Magazine capacity will be 10 or less. No assault-type weapons. What other issues do I need to be aware of to be legal?
It is legal for a non-resident of CA to bring a firearm into CA for personal use.

The firearm must be CA legal.
^Can not be considered an assault weapon, DD, MG, SBR, SBS, silencer, or other generally prohibited weapon under CA laws.

Can not bring any large capacity (11+ round) magazines or large capacity magazine parts kits.

Can not bring any prohibited ammunition.
^Can not be considered explosive, flechette, handgun armor piercing, incendiary, or tracer ammo.
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Old 09-10-2019, 12:24 PM
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^^ Asked and answered. Bring your own ammo since you cannot purchase any here.
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Old 09-10-2019, 1:54 PM
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You can buy ammo at a gun range, you just have to use it all there. No doggie bags. If you're planning on shooting anywhere but a gun range then yes, you need to bring your own.
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Old 09-10-2019, 2:08 PM
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^^^ True I forgot about that. Anyone purchased ammo at a range and was questioned about using it all?
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Old 09-10-2019, 2:37 PM
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Yup. I did shoot it all, but wasn't questioned as I left.

Edited to add: One range/one time, though. Who knows about next time.

There's also some FUD floating around out there. I also visited a few gun shops. At one shop I asked specifically if I, as a Texas resident, could buy ammo from them. He correctly answered "no". I then asked, specifically, as a Texas resident, if I could bring ammo into the state. He incorrectly said "no". Other than that he was a really cool guy and really knew his gun stuff. I didn't say anything, maybe I should have.
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What kind of gun was it
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Old 09-10-2019, 3:12 PM
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Don't know about OP's, but mine was just a run of the mill 229 in .357 Sig. Oh, and a 365.
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Old 09-10-2019, 4:12 PM
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Thanks for the reassurance that I can legally bring a firearm into CA. Extra thanks for the heads-up that I will not be able to buy ammunition in CA. That could have been a frustrating mistake on my part.
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Transport it unloaded in a locked container. Some people think the ammo has to be in a separate container, but the law doesn't state that. The firearm must be unloaded though. Trunk counts as a locked container. If the back seat folds down for access, be sure it locks. Glove or console compartments do not count as locked container.
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I will be driving in on Friday night. I have handguns with less than 10 rounds bought in Nevada. Not on the CA roster, are those good to go?
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Yes, you're OK.

Just no threaded barrel.
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I will be driving in on Friday night. I have handguns with less than 10 rounds bought in Nevada. Not on the CA roster, are those good to go?
CA unsafe handgun laws does not apply to the importation of handguns, into CA, for personal use.

CA unsafe handgun laws does apply to the importation of handguns, into CA, for sale.

So, being off-Roster has no bearing on if it's CA legal to bring into CA by a non-resident for personal use.

What matters is if the handgun meets the CA definition of a CA prohibited weapon (DD, MG, SBR, SBS, assault weapon, cane gun, silencer, unrecognizable firearm, unconventional pistol, undetectable firearm, wallet gun, zip gun).
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