California Gun Question - Can I inherit a firearm in California?

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Baroliche, Jul 24, 2006.

  1. Baroliche

    Baroliche New Member

    Jul 24, 2006

    We had a death in the family a good while ago and only recently realized that among the possessions we inherited, was a box of handguns.

    I live in California and would like to know, do I need to register these guns? If so do I need to go to a dealer? Should I call the police? I really have no idea.

    If you have advice or can answer my question, if possible could you link to a reference? I have searched california law online, and the only inheritance statutes i could find referred to assault weapons. These are handguns.


    - B
  2. Marlin T

    Marlin T Well-Known Member

    Jul 8, 2005
    New Mexico
    You can just send them to me, I'll take care of the hastle for you!!!

    Just joking, and welcome to this great place. I'm sure that someone will be along shortly to answer your questions.

    By the way, if you go back a couple of weeks in this fourm, someone else asked the same question.

  3. LDBennett

    LDBennett Well-Known Member

    Dec 20, 2003
    Hesperia, CA
    I recently overheard a conversation in a gun shop in CA about a similar situation. The answer was that ALL handguns need to be registered in CA. You take the guns to your FFL dealer with a copy of the death certificate. The paper work must be done by you and you may also have to take the handgun safety test as well (you take it once and they give you a certificate good for (?) years). You may be limited to doing one gun per month (??) in which case the dealer can legally store the guns for you. He may want a fee as they have to be processed into his BATF FFL books. If you keep them at home before legally registering them you are technically in the possession of un-registered (to you) hand guns. Your dealer has all the answers. The Police know litttle about CA registration proceedures as that is not a job they do, but a job FFL dealers do absloutley every day. If your dealer has no info he has a CA DOJ office he can call that will fill him in. There are fees involved.

    See your local dealer (gun shop).

  4. Silencer

    Silencer Well-Known Member

    I'm from California and your answers are no and maybe. If the guns are "concealable" then you must report them to the DOJ (Department of Justice).

    It's all spelled out in legalize here...

    Go to Page 48 - Penal Code 12078(u)):

    Under "Sales, Loans, or Transfers of Firearms"


    Read the "Note:" Guns that are concealable must be reported to the DOJ. If concealable guns are illegal where you live, they want your guns.

    Oh, and NEVER call the police about gun questions or gun laws or even ammo questions. They'll grill you and treat you like crap. My mother found some old .44 mag bullets in her house (probably mine) and wanted to get rid of them properly. A neighbor suggested to give them to the police. Bad move. They took her into a room, asked to search "her person" grilled her with questions that made her out to be some sort of suspect, then asked to search her car and house. So, they did. After hearing about this, I suggested she contact the ACLU and sue the crap out of them, but she gave them permission to search. Apparently, they have a "policy" to "ask questions" whenever somebody brings in a firearm or firearm related items. If they don't like your responses, they haul your ass in for questioning, apparently.

  5. My local FFL recently told me, you can only inherit guns from your Father,w/o registration. Not Uncle, Brother or Grandpa
    My .02
  6. dogtrainer579

    dogtrainer579 New Member

    Jun 17, 2008
    Bruce Flinch is indeed correct. I had a similar situation that involved my grandfather and inheriting some firearms from him. My FFL said that what should happen (easiest way for things to work out) is for them to go to my dad and then my dad give the firearms to me. That they could be handed down on the male side of the family from generation to generation no problem, not so if it were from say my mom or a sister etc...kinda messed up but what are you gonna do right? I guess it goes back to the days of only men owning and handling the guns in civilization.

    On the note of asking the police, yes, I totally agree: don't ask local pd. Go to a FFL (any gun store) and ask them. Thats outrageous on the post about the cops and the ammo that someone posted earlier. My grandfather had a bunch of old decayed ammo sitting around and I went to my local pd to turn it in. Explained what the circumstances were and they logged them into property there at the station and that was that. No questions asked and they were very polite and courteous.
  7. ponycar17

    ponycar17 Active Member

    Feb 17, 2005
    South Carolina
    What the heck kind of quasi-masochistic tendencies would one need to possess in order to continue residence inside CA?... :confused:

    Sorry guys, I just find all this legal rambling a bit much. I certainly hope that the rest of the country doesn't follow CA's example of firearms regulation. :eek:

    OK, back on topic, and I hope the original poster got the information he/she desired...
    Last edited: Jun 17, 2008
  8. artabr

    artabr New Member

    What has happened to our country? :mad: :mad: :mad:
    Pack your guns, pack your bags, leave California and come to sanity.

  9. swanshot

    swanshot Active Member

    In Aus it is probably worse.:( The police don't care what the source of the gun is, so long at it is legal. BUT!! I'm either qualified to possess the fire arms, or I'm not. When I say qualified I mean for each and every gun in question, individually. That I legaly own one revolver does not qualify me to own another, even in the same calibre. Each and every firearm (rifles too) have to be licenced seperately, one at a time.:(
  10. noslolo

    noslolo New Member

    Oct 15, 2004
    Johnstown PA
    Good lord Swanshot, I didn't know that you had to go through all of that! We have 40+ states that would love to have you. please move soon.
  11. PPK 32

    PPK 32 Active Member

    Apr 15, 2008
    Frickin, Illinois
    Guns? What guns?
  12. Nighthawk

    Nighthawk New Member

    Aug 22, 2006
    South Central Texas
  13. durk

    durk Active Member

    Sep 19, 2006
    You guys realize this thread is 2 years old. The gun laws in Calli have probably gotten more strict by now.:mad:
  14. PPK 32

    PPK 32 Active Member

    Apr 15, 2008
    Frickin, Illinois
    To be honest--no I didn't just jumped on the bandwagon

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