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Do gun transfers in California have to go through a dealer?
Unlike some other states, California’s gun laws require that all private party gun transfers be brokered through a licensed California gun dealer. If you don’t participate in this type of necessary exchange, a prosecutor can charge you with a crime. The facts of the case will dictate which California gun law(s) prosecutors will accuse you of violating.
1. What crimes can a prosecutor charge?
If a party does not broker a private gun transfer with a lawful gun dealer, common charges that a prosecutor can file against the person include:
No. 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.
A former Los Angeles prosecutor, attorney Neil Shouse graduated with honors from UC Berkeley and Harvard Law School (and completed additional graduate studies at MIT). He has been featured on CNN, Good Morning America, Dr Phil, The Today Show and Court TV. Mr Shouse has been recognized by the National Trial Lawyers as one of the Top 100 Criminal and Top 100 Civil Attorneys.