California is not a gun lover’s best friend, but everyone knows how strict the state is when it comes to firearms of all kinds. In fact, the state doesn’t allow assault rifles or firearm magazines larger than 10 rounds. For comparison, Arizona’s allows assault rifles and much larger clips, so the two states are practically exact opposites when it comes to firearm laws. Anyways, you can still get plenty of firearms in California that abide by all gun laws, but you’ll have to pay attention when you’re shopping around for a gun.
First of all, many out-of-state firearm retailers and sellers will list a California-legal section on their websites. Most out-of-state firearm dealers will know whether or not a firearm is legal in the state too. Therefore, most people shouldn’t have a problem finding a version of the firearm they are looking for that can be brought into California. These guns will be modified, whether they have a bullet button or a disabled automatic fire switch. Without these options, any assault rifle would be illegal in the state and a felony to possess. If you can’t find the weapon in the California-legal section of a website, then it probably isn’t legal in California. Also, note that you can’t own a weapon that fires .50 caliber rounds, so don’t even try to bring one into the state.
Second, any gun that you purchase in the State of California at a licensed dealer will be legal in that state or the owner is committing a felony in the state. You’ll mostly find weapons that are already legal in the state without modification; they will have 10-round clips, be semi-automatic, etc. On the other hand, some firearms dealers (actual dealers as opposed to sporting goods store) will have weapons that have been modified to meet California gun laws. Bullet buttons, which connect a 10-round magazine to the gun are commonly placed on illegal firearms to make them legal. Also, a weapon that has an automatic fire function will be disabled so that it can only fire semi-automatic style. These modified guns that meet California law are completely legal as long as they fire legal ammunition too. Either way, you probably won’t find an .50 caliber gun in any California firearms dealer shop.
Basically, you won’t be finding anyone that can legally send a .50 caliber gun, assault rifle, or large machine gun into the state of California. Most people won’t be looking for these types of guns, but there are plenty of people who enjoy firing assault rifles. Luckily, many assault rifles can be made California-legal, but not all of them are. Every time that you go to purchase a weapon that may break California firearms laws, you need to make sure that the firearm meets every single gun law in the state. You don’t want to get slapped with a felony charge because you bought an illegal version of a gun that can be made into a California-legal one.
California might be one of the strictest states in the country when it comes to firearms laws, but you can get many of the guns that you want. Of course, these weapons will be pretty limited in comparison to their fully functional counterparts. The majority of people will be plenty satisfied that they have their firearm, even if it is limited due to California laws. Anyways, always make sure that you check the California firearm laws before purchasing a weapon that is usually deemed illegal in the state. You can usually find a California-legal alternative firearm.
* All rifles must have a clip of 10-rounds or less or the clip itself is illegal in California.
* Automatic weapons are illegal in the state of California, but many of these guns can be made semi-automatic to meet the laws in California.
* No out-of-state dealer will send an illegal weapon to California under any circumstances. Since all weapons sent into California must go through a licensed dealer to receive the weapon, none of these receiving dealers will accept an illegal firearm either.
http://www.riflegear.com/p-58-bullet-button.aspx (Information on the bullet button)
http://www.impactguns.com/store/ca_approved_firearms.html (Example of a California-Legal section for a firearms dealer)
http://caag.state.ca.us/firearms/regagunfaqs.htm#7 (California information for assault weapons)
http://certguns.doj.ca.gov/ (List of banned firearms in CA)