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Carrying a Concealed Firearm (person and vehicle)

Carrying a gun is not uncommon in the United States. That’s why many people aren’t aware that carrying a concealed firearm of any kind is a crime in California as per Penal Code 25400

Unlike many other states, where it might be completely possible and legal for you to carry a firearm on your person or inside your car, California has prohibited such behavior to minimize public shootings and gun-related incidents. 

What Does it Actually Mean to Carry a Concealed Firearm? 

In order to violate Penal code 25400 in the State of California, you have to commit a particular act with: 

  • A revolver, pistol, or
  • Any other kind of firearm that can be in any way concealed either in a vehicle or in person. 

The acts that are prohibited from committing under California law are the following: 

  • Concealing any firearm within a vehicle that you own or that is in your control.
  • Hiding a gun or a firearm under a jacket, in a pocket, or in any other way on your person.
  • Causing a firearm (weapon) to be carried in a concealed fashion in a vehicle that you’re occupying.

Basically, in order to be convicted of committing this crime, you have to “comply” with three requirements: 

  • You need to conceal a firearm on yourself or in a vehicle you own or control.
  • You need to be aware of the fact that the firearm is concealed. 
  • The firearm must be substantially concealed, meaning it has to not be visible at first sight. 
Can Carrying a Concealed Gun Be Legal in California? 

The only way carrying a concealed firearm is considered to be a legal activity in California is if you have a California Concealed Carry Weapons License (CCWL). Getting this kind of license requires you to be 18 years old or older, and the CCWL can have its own restrictions or conditions, including the manner, circumstance, time, and place under which you’re allowed to carry a firearm. 

Typically, in places like courthouses, schools, and businesses, it’s forbidden to carry a concealed gun, even if you have a concealed carry license. Additionally, to get a concealed carry license, you must go through at least an eight-hour firearm training course that teaches safety gun laws and shooting exercises at a local range. The state issues such licenses to residents and individuals who work in it, as well as active duty military members who are stationed in California. It’s also vital to remember that even if you have a permit to carry a concealed firearm from another state, California laws don’t acknowledge that license as legal. 

Regardless of the classification of the offense, it is important that you seek the assistance of competent legal counsel to help you best understand your legal defense while identifying an outcome that best minimizes your risk. We here at the H Law group patiently await your call.

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