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Los Angeles Carrying a Loaded Firearm Lawyers

Los Angeles Carrying a Loaded Firearm Lawyers

Can I Carry a Loaded Gun in Los Angeles?

California is well-known for having strict gun control laws. However, in certain circumstances, it is perfectly legal to own, possess and carry a firearm. With that being said, there are also some very clear restrictions when it comes to carrying a firearm.

In certain circumstances, a person may be arrested and charged for carrying a loaded firearm on their person on in their vehicle. Protect your rights by learning more about this criminal offense.

Carrying A Loaded Gun: What You Need To Know

Section 25850 of the California Penal Code expressly forbids the carrying of a loaded firearm in a public place. The law states that you can be arrested and charged if you commit the following actions:

  • Carrying or possessing a loaded firearm on your person or in your vehicle
  • Carrying a loaded weapon while in a public place
  • Carrying a loaded weapon in a prohibited area

It’s important to note that this law applies to the carrying of a loaded firearm in a public place or a prohibited place. It’s not a crime to carry a loaded firearm in a private location, such as your home or at a shooting range. However, keeping a loaded firearm on your person or in your vehicle while in a public place, such as a highway or a shopping mall, may lead to your arrest.

Legal Exceptions and Examples

As with many laws, this law carries some exceptions. In certain cases, you may be allowed to carry a firearm in public if you meet very specific requirements. For example, you may avoid prosecution under this law if:

  • You are a peace officer, bodyguard or active duty military personnel
  • You are a licensed to carry a concealed weapon with a permit
  • You are in a private location

For example, imagine that Amy has purchased a new handgun. She decides to go on a trip to the grocery store to do her shopping. Amy decides to carry the pistol in her purse. If she is caught with the loaded gun, she may be arrested and charged with a crime. However, there are some exceptions to this scenario.

For example, if Amy has a valid concealed weapons permit, she may be allowed to carry a loaded firearm in certain locations. Also, if Amy just purchased the handgun from a licensed firearms dealer, she is allowed to transport that gun in her vehicle. So, if Amy purchases the gun and then places it unloaded into a locked container in the trunk of her car, she can drive home with the gun without the fear of arrest.

For the purposes of this law, a loaded firearm is one which contains at least one unfired round in its magazine or in its chamber.

Legal Penalties and Defenses

A person who is convicted of this offense may face:

  • Up to one year in county jail
  • A fine of up to $1,000
  • Probation

If you have been charged with this offense, you need a strong legal defense. Contact our law firm immediately to get an assessment of your case and legal options. We may defend you by arguing that:

  • The firearm was placed in your vehicle without your knowledge
  • The firearm contained no live ammunition
  • You were merely transporting the gun

A successful legal defense could mean that you could avoid a conviction and keep a clean criminal record.

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