California Laws Regarding Private Gun Transfers

Posted by Neil Shouse | May 16, 2010 | 0 Comments

Unlike some other states, California gun law requires that all private party gun transfers be brokered through a licensed California gun dealer. If you don't participate in this type of required exchange, the circumstances of the offense will dictate which California gun law(s) prosecutors will accuse you of violating.

Penal Code 12070 PC California's law against the unlicensed sale of firearms, selling dangerous firearms prohibited under Penal Code 12020 PC, or Penal Code 12021 PC California's “felon with a firearm” law are a sample of some of the most common offenses that could be charged in connection with the unlicensed sale of a firearm.

It's important to understand the laws of the state in which you possess, purchase, or sell firearms. Each state has very different laws and each is independent of each other. The fact that it is okay to sell your gun at a garage sale in one state doesn't mean that this type of transaction will be legal in another.

Before engaging in any firearm transaction, it is a good idea to check with your local attorney general about your state's rules and regulations. Also read our article about California Safe Storage Gun Laws.

About the Author

Neil Shouse

Southern California DUI Defense attorney Neil Shouse graduated with honors from UC Berkeley and Harvard Law School (and completed additional graduate studies at MIT).


There are no comments for this post. Be the first and Add your Comment below.

Leave a Comment

Comments have been disabled.

Free attorney consultations...

Our attorneys want to hear your side of the story. Contact us 24/7 to schedule a FREE consultation with a criminal defense lawyer. We may be able to get your charges reduced or even dismissed altogether. And if necessary, we will champion your case all the way to trial.

Regain peace of mind...

Shouse Law Defense Group has multiple locations throughout California. Click Office Locations to find out which office is right for you.

Office Locations

Shouse Law Group has multiple locations all across California, Nevada, and Colorado. Click Office Locations to find out which office is right for you.

To contact us, please select your state:

Call us 24/7 (855) 396-0370