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California has some of the strictest firearm laws in the entirety of the United States. While the legislators that created the laws were trying to protect the populace from all manner of gun crime, they created so many laws that exercising your second amendment right to bear arms requires you to be an expert on law. From magazine capacity restrictions to registering your gun, how can any resident of Los Angeles know if their gun is legal or not without reading pages upon pages of legal ordinances?
Even if you aren’t a resident of Los Angeles or the surrounding areas, any law-abiding gun owner can be automatically considered a criminal just for bringing their gun into California. For example, it is much easier to obtain a conceal carry permit in other states and while many states have reciprocity California does not honor any other states conceal carry permits. This lack of cooperation between California and other states can turn any law-abiding citizen into a criminal simply because they took a vacation in LA and did not know the law.
Additionally, Los Angeles and California lawmakers are constantly changing the laws. Prior to 2015 in order to buy a handgun, residents had to take and pass a written test on firearm safety; however, it changed recently to include all guns, including long guns like rifles and shotguns. There are a few exemptions, but many citizens can find themselves in violation of the law without knowing it.
Another law that Los Angeles residents have to remember is that whatever laws are in effect in California applies to the guns they purchase out of state. If an individual buys a gun in North Carolina which doesn’t have magazine restrictions or a Firearm Safety Certificate Program, that person still needs to ensure that they comply with the law. In fact, compliance may even keep the person from carrying their legally purchased gun into California themselves because the state wants a California based firearms dealer to complete all the necessary paperwork, background checks, and the administration of the 10-day waiting period.
Furthermore, registrations and licenses can expire just as they do with drivers’ licenses, and even the most careful person can find himself or herself with an expired license, permit, or registration. This can result in all manner of legal trouble that could end with the loss of your Second Amendment rights. No one wants to lose their rights and freedom over a simple mistake.
If you or your loved one has found themselves charged with a violation of a Los Angeles firearm law, find an attorney that is well versed in the law and will fight for your rights. Attorneys understand the law and can help defend you from California and their strict laws. No matter what crime the state is accusing you of the presence of a gun can add additional prison time to sentences. Our attorneys are aggressive, knowledgeable, and experienced in reducing or even eliminating charges for our clients. While prior results are not guaranteed, get your best chance with one of our attorneys.