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This month’s topic is: HOW DO I LEGALLY OWN A FIREARM?
Since the launch of the “Break the Silence! Stop the Violence!” tip program, the Oxnard Police Department has received questions as to a citizen’s right to legally possess a firearm, storage and transportation of the firearm, etc. Your Oxnard Police Department, in keeping with its goal to continually keep the City’s residents informed, has compiled a list of FAQs regarding gun ownership and care.
This list was compiled with information listed on the California Department of Justice, Bureau of Firearms website (https://oag.ca.gov/firearms). As always, you may call us with any questions you may have at (805) 385-7600.
Can I Own A Firearm In The State Of California?
To legally purchase a hand gun in California you have to provide information showing you are a California resident (utility bill, lease, property deed). You also have to have a valid Firearm Safety Certificate (FSC). This certification is obtained through the California Department of Justice and you must score 75% on the objective written test. For further information, visit https://oag.ca.gov/firearms/fscfaqs#a2.
I Am Not A United States Citizen; Can I Legally Own A Firearm?
Persons who are not legal citizens of the United States are not afforded the Constitutional right (provided by the Second Amendment) to possess a firearm legally.
How Do I Transport My Firearm?
Handguns – California Penal Code section 25400 does not prohibit a citizen of the United States over 18 years of age who is in lawful possession of a handgun, and who resides or is temporarily in California, from transporting the handgun by motor vehicle provided it is unloaded and stored in a locked container (25610 P.C.).
Rifles and Shotguns – Non-concealable firearms are not generally covered within the provisions of California Penal Code section 25400 and therefore are not required to be transported in a locked container. However, as with any firearm, non-concealable firearms must be unloaded while they are being transported.
How Do I Store My Firearm?
Keeping any loaded firearm within any premises that are under your custody or control and you know or reasonably should know that a child (any person under 18) is likely to gain access to the firearm without the permission of the child’s parent or legal guardian and the child obtains access to the firearm and thereby causes death or great bodily injury to himself, herself, or any other person is criminal storage of firearm of the first degree (25100(a) P.C.).
Neither of the criminal storage offenses (first degree, second degree) shall apply whenever the firearm is kept in a locked container or locked with a locking device that has rendered the firearm inoperable. (25105 P.C.)