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“This is a must have reference book for police, prosecutors, judges, defense attorneys,
and gun owners. California’s gun laws are far more complicated than 
even the professionals realize.
Steve Cooley, Los Angeles County District Attorney (Ret.)

Be the first to learn about the newest changes in California’s firearm laws and order the Fifth Edition of California Gun Laws today!

If you choose to have a gun in California, this book could keep you out of jail! Get your copy of the 2018 Fifth Edition of the popular reference book California Gun Laws: A Guide to State and Federal Firearm Regulations by renowned firearms lawyer C.D. Michel – the attorney who brought us the tremendous victory in Duncan v. Becerra, the landmark decision that prevented California from enforcing its ban on “large capacity magazine” possession for the time being.

Often referred to as “the bible” on California firearms law, the California Gun Laws book is jam packed with the results of thousands of hours of legal research worth hundreds of thousands of dollars. This book is chocked-full of legal and practical insights drawn from C.D. Michel’s 20 years of experience in state and federal courts.

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The 2018 Fifth Edition answers the most frequently asked questions about California firearms laws such as:

1. Who can possess a gun?
2. When are you permitted to have a gun?
3. Where can you have a gun?
4. How must a gun be possessed?
5. How do you get your gun rights back?
6. Which guns are banned?
7. How do you get your guns back from the police?
8. Can you carry a gun in public?

The Fifth Edition of California Gun Laws also covers the important new gun laws that took effect in late 2017 and on January 1, 2018, including:

1. The Ban on the Carry of Long Guns in Certain Previously-Allowed Areas: Assembly Bill 7 extends the restriction on carrying long guns so that it now also applies to a public place or a public street in a prohibited area of a county’s unincorporated area.

2. The Omnibus Public Safety Bill: Assembly Bill 103, among other things, extends the new “assault weapon” registration deadline from December 31, 2017 to June 30, 2018, and it extends the restriction on firearm possession to those with just an outstanding warrant for felonies and certain misdemeanor violations.

3. Modification to the Ban on Possession in School Zones: Assembly Bill 424 removes the ability of school officials to authorize a person to possess a firearm on school grounds and, thus, eliminates that exemption to the gun-free school zone restriction.

4. New Exemptions for Law Enforcement Cadets: Assembly Bill 693 exempts certain law enforcement cadets from the requirement that firearm loans be conducted through or by a dealer, exempts certain law enforcement cadets from many of the prohibitions on “large-capacity magazines,” and exempts certain law enforcement cadets and instructors from the new ammunition purchasing requirements.

5. Possession by Those Convicted of Misdemeanors for Interfering with Civil Rights: AB 785 imposes a 10-year firearm prohibition against any person convicted of certain misdemeanors involving the interference or disturbance of another person’s exercise of civil rights.

6. Firearm Storage in Unattended Vehicles: Senate Bill 497 defines “trunk” and “plain view” for purposes of leaving handguns in an unattended vehicle and allows peace officers, in certain circumstances, to lock a handgun out of plain view within the center utility console of an unattended motor vehicle not equipped with a trunk.

7. Facilitation of Firearm Research: Senate Bill 536 requires DOJ to provide information about gun violence restraining orders–including information identifying specific individuals–to the University of California’s Firearm Violence Research Center, and it allows DOJ to cherry-pick which other groups studying the prevention of violence will get that data.

And much, much more!

In addition, the Fifth Edition explains DOJ’s new “assault weapon” regulations, which DOJ implemented in July 2017. These regulations govern the registration of “bullet-button assault weapons,” change the definition of “assault weapons” for purposes of registration, and define firearm terms both relating and unrelated to “assault weapons.” The Fifth Edition clarifies all these regulations and guides you through the new process for “assault weapon” registration.

Further, the Fifth Edition has entirely new sections that discuss the legality of gun trusts and “bump stocks.”

Don’t Become an Accidental Criminal

Having firearms for self-defense, sport, and hunting is your individual constitutional right. But exercising that right carries extraordinary responsibilities. Along with your responsibility to know and follow safety procedures, you have an obligation to comply with all applicable state, federal, and local laws. California Gun Laws: A Guide to State and Federal Firearm Regulations explores and explains the California laws that affect firearm owners.

There are over 800 California state statutes regulating the manufacture, distribution, sale, possession, and use of firearms. There are thousands of overlapping federal laws regulating firearms. And there are hundreds of administrative regulations, local ordinances, and California Department of Justice Bureau of Firearms’ written and unwritten policies that also apply to California gun owners. With all the overlapping regulations, it’s no wonder that confusion runs rampant among California gun owners, as well as among police, prosecutors, and judges.

On top of this already byzantine regulatory scheme, on January 1, 2012, California’s firearms laws were completely reorganized and re-numbered. Because of the complexity of the laws, inadvertent violations by well-intentioned good people are increasingly common. In the politicized legal environment of California “gun-control” laws, the consequences of even an inadvertent violation can be severe.

To protect yourself, you need to know the law. This book will help. Don’t become an accidental criminal! California Gun Laws: A Guide to State and Federal Firearm Regulations tells you how to legally buy, own, transport, and possess firearms; when it is legal to use deadly force; and what firearms and devices are banned or require registration. This book warns about common legal “traps” and troublesome “gray areas” that California firearm owners often unintentionally fall into, and ensures that those who are subject to these complex firearms laws can avoid violating them. This book helps educate those tasked with enforcing the law about firearms laws so that they can avoid mistaken arrests and prosecutions.

Watch For Future Legal Updates

While the vast majority of information in this book is timely and is currently applicable, and the majority of California’s firearms laws do not change year to year, we are aware that to some degree California’s firearms laws change annually, and that federal firearms law changes occasionally.

To address these changes, and to cover other more specialized firearms law topics that are not covered in the book due to narrow public interest and spare limitations, the Author makes legal updates and supplemental legal memorandum available to address forthcoming or applicable changes in the law.

The legal memos periodically posted on the links page here address all the changes in the law that have taken or will take place after the publication date.

Also, please subscribe to our eBULLETins to receive updates about the effect of legislation that is proposed or enacted, and to read C.D. Michel’s weekly CalGunLaws blog.

In the event of significant changes in the law, a new edition of the book will be published as necessary and appropriate.

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