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California gun laws are considered the most restrictive of any U.S. state, maybe only compared to New York Laws. California is a “May Issue” state which means the local sheriff has the final say in who is issued a permit. This can range from “shall Issue” in rural counties to no issue in mostly urban counties. Restrictions can be placed on a permit limiting where it can be used. Law enforcement varies with urban counties strictly enforcing all firearms laws and rural counties tending to be more lenient. California law also requires all guns to be registered.
|Open Carry Permitted?||No|
|Carry In Vehicle?||Yes|
|Carry In State Park?||Yes|
|Carry In Restaurants?||Yes|
|No Weapon Sign Enforced?||No|
|Must Notify Officer?||Yes|
California will not honor any other states concealed carry permit. There are 24 states that will accept a California permit.
Open carry is not legal anywhere in California.
If you don’t have a permit, and you’re 18 or older and reside in California you can carry a handgun in a vehicle so long as the handgun is stored in a locked container outside the glove compartment and is unloaded. If you’re carrying the handgun it must be in a locked container. If you have a CCW permit than you’re legally allowed to carry in a vehicle without following the above. The Law Penal Code 16850
You can carry in parks, however it is illegal to carry in the buildings of state parks. State Parks: YES State/National Forests: YES State Game Management Units: NO – Fish & Game code 10500 Road Side Rest Areas: YES
You can carry in restaurants which do NOT serve alcohol.
California does not allow for Constitutional Carry.
In California, “No Weapons” sign do not have the weight of the law behind them.
You must notify law enforcement of your possession of a handgun if you’re approached on official business.