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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 pre-order the Fourth Edition of California Gun Laws today! To pre-order the book, click here.

If you choose to have a gun in California, this book could keep you out of jail!  Keep an eye out for the 2017 Fourth 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 Peruta v. San Diego, the landmark decision on “shall issue” carry licenses, which will be available this November!

Often referred to as “the bible” on California firearms law, the California Gun Laws 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 2017 Fourth 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 Fourth Edition of California Gun Laws will also cover the important new gun laws that will take effect on January 1, 2017, including:

  1. The “Bullet Button Ban:” Assembly Bill 1135 & Senate Bill 880 change the definition of an “assault weapon” to include semi-automatic centerfire, rifles and semi-automatic pistols that do not have fixed magazines and one or more prohibited feature.
  2. The “Ghost Gun” Bill: Assembly Bill 857 requires anyone who manufactures or assembles a homemade firearm after July 1, 2018 to obtain a unique serial number or identification mark. Anyone who is in possession of a firearm after July 1, 2018 without a serial number must petition the California Department of Justice for a serial number and engrave it onto the firearm by January 1, 2019.
  3. The Ammunition Purchase Bill: AB 1235 requires the California Department of Justice to record ammunition vendor and ammunition purchaser information.
  4. The Lending Bill: AB 1511 amends the exemption that allows gun owners to “infrequently” loan a firearm to a person that they “personally know” without going through a licensed firearms dealer, and limits the exemption to infrequent loans to certain family members. This bill also requires a handgun loaned under this exemption to be registered.
  5. False Reports of Stolen/Lost Firearms: AB 1695 Makes it a crime to falsely report to a law enforcement officer that a firearm has been lost or stolen. Those convicted of this crime are prohibited from owning and possessing firearms for ten-years.
  6. Restrictions on “Large-Capacity Magazines”: SB 1446 makes it an infraction to possess a “large-capacity magazine” in California . . .

And much much more!

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 how to – or whether you can – get your firearms or firearm rights back if they are taken away.  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 Here!

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 log.

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

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