If you choose to own a gun in California, this book could keep you out of jail. Firearm ownership, possession, and use are individual constitutional rights that carry extraordinary responsibilities. Along with your responsibility to know and follow safety procedures, you also have increased responsibility to comply with all applicable state, federal, and local laws. Because of the complexity of these laws, inadvertent gun law 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. This book explores, explains, and summarizes the firearm laws affecting firearm owners in California, and warns about common legal "traps" that California firearm owners often unintentionally fall into. When can you use deadly force? Who can possess a gun? When are you permitted to have a gun? Where can you have a gun? How must a gun be possessed? How do you get your gun rights back? Which guns are banned? How do you get your guns back from the police? Can you carry a gun in public? This book answers these questions, and many others. 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 that apply in California. And there are hundreds of administrative regulations, local ordinances, and California Department Justice Firearms Bureau written and unwritten policies that also apply. With all the overlapping regulations, its no wonder that confusion runs rampant among California gun owners, as well as among police, prosecutors, and judges. This book will inform those who are subject to California's complex firearms laws so that they can avoid inadvertently violating them, and will educate those tasked with enforcing those laws so they can avoid mistaken arrests and prosecutions. Written by C.D. "Chuck" Michel, a firearms attorney with 20 years of experience representing the NRA, as well as firearm manufacturers, wholesalers, retailers, and gun owners, California Gun Laws: A Guide to State and Federal Firearm Regulations is an invaluable resource. Michel has been litigating civil and criminal firearm cases since 1991, many of which were high profile and attracted state and national media attention. His clients include the National Rifle Association (NRA), the California Rifle and Pistol Association Foundation (CRPAF), FFL Guard, gun manufacturers, wholesalers, retailers, and individual gun owners. He has represented thousands of individuals and companies charged with violating California's confusing firearms laws. He has litigated hundreds of firearms cases involving constitutional issues, including Second Amendment challenges, in both state and federal trial and appellate courts. "Professor" Michel also teaches classes in Firearms Law and Law Practice Management as an Adjunct Professor at Chapman University School of Law in Orange, California. Contributors SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION, TIMELY LEGAL UPDATES, ARE PROMPTLY POSTED AT calgunlaws.com WHENEVER NEW LAWS ARE PROPOSED OR TAKE EFFECT
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