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I need some help. My mother is moving from texas to california at the end of july, to be with her family. She will be driving her car and wants to take a handgun.

I know you can legally travel w/ a concealed handgun in Texas. I dont think AZ will be a prob w/ its open carry, Nor do I expect trouble w/ NM.

However California will be a different story. Any advice beyond "dont go to CA" ?

She will be taking her mini safe w/ her, I was thinking maybe she could keep a CA legal pistol in the safe after crossing into CA.

I dont mind sending her w/ a pistol, but of my arsenal none of my weapons are california legal. Thats kind of the whole reason I bought 'em :D
 

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it is my knowledge that if the pistol has less than a 10 round capacity and it is kept in the LOCKED glovebox of a motor with a holster, then it is legal for transport. At least that's how I was led to understand the laws for California when I was last there. This meant that I had to keep my C9 in the auto-glovebox of the Vespa since it was technically a locking compartment not immediately asccesible by the driver (although a quick push of the ignition key automatically popped it open).

I'll have to research this one more to be 100% accurate, but I'm fairly confident on this one.
 

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ammunition seperate!!!!

I.E. pistol locked in glove box, Ammo in trunk.
 

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ammunition seperate!!!!

I.E. pistol locked in glove box, Ammo in trunk.
That would be my guess also.
 

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that's the way it is everywhere unless the state is OC or you are allowed a CHP, CWP whatever you wanna call it. Pretty sure road rage led to those laws. We had a guy last year shooting his bow at another motorist. :shock:
 

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ammunition seperate!!!!

I.E. pistol locked in glove box, Ammo in trunk.
No pistol in glove box, or anywhere the driver can reach. Put the unloaded pistol in a locked container--empty magazine may be in the pistol (pistol case with padlock is fine). Place the ammo in another container which will not need to be locked (loaded magazines in the 2nd container and not locked in with the pistol are ok).

If you put the pistol in the gun safe, it has to be outside your mom's reach.

Before CA people sign on and say the law is not this strict, the CHP and BOF have distributed publications containing these guidelines. Until newer instructions are made plain to the cops--many will expect this.

Also--it's CA, don't volunteer any information if stopped. Don't answer questions without considering what was asked! :shock:

Oh yeah, tell her to enjoy her time in the PRK :!:
 

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I dont mind sending her w/ a pistol, but of my arsenal none of my weapons are california legal. Thats kind of the whole reason I bought 'em
Sorry, forgot to respond to this. Revolvers may NOT chamber shotgun ammunition--do not send a 'Judge' to CA.

Make sure your automatic pistol does NOT have a magazine that can hold more than 10 rounds of the ammunition the pistol is chambered for.

CA takes these handgun laws very seriously. Don't worry if your handgun is not on the 'safe handgun list'--that only punishes non-LEO CA residents.
 

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I am pretty sure in Okla that if you carry a gun and do not have a CCW, it has to be in plain sight and unloaded, with the ammo in a seperate hard to reach area of the vechicle.

The bad thing is that state and local laws vary and what will be fine in one state will get you in trouble in another.

I would think a pistol in a locked safe, unloaded with no ammo in the car would be the best bet and hope not to get stopped and searched.

Good luck on your moms move.
 

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NDS. You need to think Single cab Pickup.
 

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California;

Ammunition cannot be attached to the weapon chambered for it. Under california law, the magazine is part of the firearm,.. no ammunition may be loaded in a magazine if the weapon designed for the magazine and ammunition is in the vehicle. (Speed loaders for revolvers are not counted as they are not required for the firearm to function.)

Weapon may not be in ANY area easily accessible to the driver without leaving the driver seat.

All weapons must be in a locked container. (A HARD SHELL pistol case with padlock is sufficient.)

All semi-auto's must have magazines that contain no more than 10 rounds. Pinned or otherwise altered magazines to restrict capacity are not permitted unless the alteration is "permanent".
 

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NDS. You need to think Single cab Pickup.
There's always discussion in CA about what is allowed. Do a search on:

http://www.calguns.net/

there's a link to CA gun law and the forum has a bunch of discussion on staying legal.

OR, go here:
http://www.chp.ca.gov/html/answers.html
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I will be traveling to California and want to carry my weapon. I currently have a concealed weapon permit. How can I legally transport my weapon while driving through the state?

California law does not recognize concealed weapon permits from other states; therefore, they would not be held valid. If you wish to transport a handgun during your California visit, it should be carried unloaded in a locked container. In the absence of a suitable container, you may secure the unloaded handgun in the locked trunk of a passenger car. Ammunition may be kept in the same container or trunk, but the handgun must remain unloaded with no rounds in the cylinder and no loaded magazines in the magazine well.

If you have additional questions, contact the California Department of Justice at 916-227-3703.
If you want to be sure, call. But know a lot of people have posted on CalGuns about conflicting information from DOJ and local authorities in CA.

Good luck, I travel in CA and have never had a problem when stopped by following the example I gave in my first post. BTW, loaded handguns in motel room is ok.
 

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NDS Dont play:p:)

Thats some info there. But boggle the mind.

Note to self NEVER travel to RPK with fire arm.

I TOO stupid:p:)

Have Famly trying to talk me into a trip there but NOPE. Not a chance.
 

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This sort of thread just makes e glad I rarely travel very far away :) Good luck to y'all with your mom's move. It sounds like a good revolver would be okay if it were locked up and unloaded.
 
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Moving from Texas to California? Wow...I feel for her. Good to know she has her self preservation on her mind though.
NDS nailed it with his post: Even in a hotel/motel room, that is your domocile.
 

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Forget the pistol as there is way too many legal variables from each travel state she must pass Thur, a defensive weapon must be ready at a seconds notice and a unloaded, locked up pistol is worthless. Buy your Mother a large Police style 10 % O/C sprayer and a night stick which can be placed within your Mothers reach while driving. The O/C can travel in her purse on bathroom breaks and the night stick & O/C for those overnight stops. CA is totally retarded with their firearms laws so I would call the CA A/G's office or CHP and get the exact directions on how to bring a firearm legally into the state.
 

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Again--check state law. California limits both type and size of OC that's allowed and objects like night sticks are forbidden to mere citizens. Make sure you don't inadvertantly break another law while trying to not break a state's firearms laws. :shock:

Forget the pistol as there is way too many legal variables from each travel state she must pass Thur, a defensive weapon must be ready at a seconds notice and a unloaded, locked up pistol is worthless. Buy your Mother a large Police style 10 % O/C sprayer and a night stick which can be placed within your Mothers reach while driving. The O/C can travel in her purse on bathroom breaks and the night stick & O/C for those overnight stops. CA is totally retarded with their firearms laws so I would call the CA A/G's office or CHP and get the exact directions on how to bring a firearm legally into the state.
 

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I figured it would be complicated. Took me long enough to figure out and remember the texas laws. Good news is her mother and brother are coming down to texas and will drive one of thier vehicles back to CA w/ her following.

Bad news is thats double the cost of gas.

The best news about her mother coming down is she is really concerned about SD. She Usually has a Taser and Im nearly certain she's got a .357snubby in her purse w/ a permit from CA.

O/C is a good idea, she's already got one on her keychain and 1 in her purse.

Not going to research as it isnt relevant but i remember something about nightsticks may be carried after dark in TX, I assume it its meant to cover old ladies walking near dark w/ their sticks. But again thats Texas law.
 

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My head hurts!

Glad she will be escorted. Takkes a lot of head ache away.
Shouldnt be that way to begin with. Gotta protect our criminals you know.
 
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