California has some of the strictest gun regulations in the country – and violating these laws can come with substantial consequences. As gun violations can be anywhere from a misdemeanor up to a felony, the specific penalty will vary depending on the severity of the crime. Often, such punishments involve fines, and restrictions on firearms licenses.
Anyone who sells, leases, or otherwise transfers a gun must have proper license to do so. Failing to meet these requirements is a misdemeanor and can lead up to a maximum fine of $1,000 and/or up to one year in county jail.
California law prevents gun ownership for convicted felons, those convicted of certain misdemeanors, and narcotic drug addicts from owning or acquiring guns. These categories are in addition to already existing federal restrictions. Owning, possessing, purchasing, or receiving a gun does not involve jail time, but it can lead to revocation of your gun rights for at least ten years, if not your lifetime. Minors guilty of this offense will have their gun rights restricted until they are at least 30 years old.
Carrying a concealed firearm on your person or in your vehicle is a misdemeanor so long as there are not any additional aggravating circumstances. If convicted, you can face up to a year in jail and/or a maximum fine of $1,000.
However, concealing a firearm when you have a prior felony or California firearm offense, have knowledge that the firearm is stolen, are an active member of a criminal street gang, do not lawfully possess the firearm, or have any other restrictions on legally possessing the firearm, the crime then becomes a felony. You can face sixteen months to three years in county jail and a maximum fine of $10,000.
For those who have previously violated the concealed firearm code and are on a repeat offense, there is a minimum three-month county jail sentence, but can last up to six months.
Various parts of California’s penal codes relate to possession of guns in specific locations:
Penalties also exist for use of a firearm, in these cases:
Because of the severe consequences of firearm offenses in California, it is in your best interest to have a skilled Riverside criminal attorney to support your case.