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I ended up purchasing a vehicle out of Oakland, California and am going to do a road-trip back to Kansas City next week after acceptance of the vehicle. I plan on getting the car and getting out of there as quickly as possible on I-80. After about an hour researching I've come up with the following information (please correct me if I'm wrong with anything):

  • I'm okay to fly into California with a checked firearm.
  • I can only bring 10 round mags with me.
  • The firearm has to be in a locked container unloaded outside the cabin area (however, the mag can be loaded and locked in the same container) while transporting in CA.
  • I'm allowed to bring my hollow points with me.
  • I have my Resident CCL in Kansas and Non-Resident CHL in Texas. So I imagine after California I'm allowed to load the weapon and keep it handy in Nevada, Utah and Colorado?

Is the process this easy?

I'm not a big fan of how they treat firearms in California, but I plan to at least take pictures and take in a few hot-spots (Golden Gate, Yoda Statue, Painted Ladies, etc.) and get the hell out of Dodge after an hour or so and continue on my way not to do a single thing till I hit Reno. Any pointers for San Francisco? I've been to L.A. and San Diego but S.F. is new to me.
 

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I'd suggest that you bring FMJ ammo as S.F. prohibits the use of JHP ammo in one's SD firearms. The likelihood of having to use your firearm is very low. Stay out of downtown Oakland after dark!

If you like Disney stuff you might look into visiting the Walt Disney Family Museum in the Presidio. Reservations are required if you want to visit it. I haven't been there myself but it looks very cool.

View: https://youtu.be/7i8z-1jkD8M


If you do wind up staying in CA overnight you can keep your firearm loaded in your room as it is considered your temporary residence.

BTW, make sure you check the weather before heading over the pass going to Reno. If you're a cigar smoker check out Fumare's south of downtown Reno off S. Virginia. Also, Cabela's is right off of I-80 by Boomtown Casino.
 
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I wrecked a motorcycle outside of San Diego and had a handgun in my saddle bags.

The gun was unloaded and in a locked case as the law required. (I had unloaded it and locked it away before entering California)

Thankfully I was in compliance with CA law as you are trying to be. No violation. The highway patrol returned all my gear to my family but kept the gun.

Long story short, I was required to appear in person with the paperwork to claim the gun. I spent 8 weeks in the hospital in intensive care, critical care, and intensive rehab. 2 broken legs, cervical separation, etc... No way could I go claim the gun. They refused to ship it back home to the FFL that originally sold it to me. I obviously abandoned the gun and just gave up.

When I got home I notified my sheriff's dept. to make sure they knew what happened and to make sure it wouldn't put my carry permit at risk in any way.


Moral of the story:
  1. Play by the rules, you never know what will happen.
  2. California doesn't play. If they get your gun, you will play hell getting it back. Don't take one you aren't willing to lose.
 

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Long story short, I was required to appear in person with the paperwork to claim the gun. I spent 8 weeks in the hospital in intensive care, critical care, and intensive rehab. 2 broken legs, cervical separation, etc... No way could I go claim the gun. They refused to ship it back home to the FFL that originally sold it to me. I obviously abandoned the gun and just gave up.
Awwwww man, I'd be livid. Sorry to hear about that. Thanks for the info!
 

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I'd suggest that you bring FMJ ammo as S.F. prohibits the use of JHP ammo in one's SD firearms. The likelihood of having to use your firearm is very low. Stay out of downtown Oakland after dark!

If you like Disney stuff you might look into visiting the Walt Disney Family Museum in the Presidio. Reservations are required if you want to visit it. I haven't been there myself but it looks very cool.

View: https://youtu.be/7i8z-1jkD8M


If you do wind up staying in CA overnight you can keep your firearm loaded in your room as it is considered your temporary residence.

BTW, make sure you check the weather before heading over the pass going to Reno. If you're a cigar smoker check out Fumare's south of downtown Reno off S. Virginia. Also, Cabela's is right off of I-80 by Boomtown Casino.
Thank you as well for the info! I would definitely love to check out the Disney place, but my wife and kids are already upset they aren't going. I had to remind them we're already going to Orlando later this year. lol

Growing up I loved Mrs. Doubtfire and Full House so I plan on getting pictures of them as well. I went on roadtrippers and plotted the course. Shouldn't take long to hit everything I hope.
 

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Awwwww man, I'd be livid. Sorry to hear about that. Thanks for the info!
I was livid and still get mad thinking about it. I used to travel to CA a bit and the wife and I love San Fran and the wine country. I've spent a lot of money in the state over the years.

Just the taxes and fees from the rental car and hotel rooms for my wife while I was out there 8 weeks exceeded the price of the gun. They will never see me again. I will never spend another dime in CA. They have seen the last of me.
 

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I can definitely understand Jonesee. I just want my car, pictures, and get out quickly. I see enough of Cali with Hollywood and the news as it is.

I also have another question for everyone... fear, really...

Say hypothetically the brake lights on one side malfunction and I get pulled over; do I have to mention that I have a firearm in the vehicle? The latest info I found was from 2015 and it stated Cali requires notification dependent on city or county. As a veteran I understand to be cooperative and whatnot... but would it be easier to just not say a word about it and take either the warning or citation and keep a moving till Donner's Pass?
 

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I have an app on my phone called Legal Heat it has a lot of gun laws. It also shows reciprocity states for me.

Some states have a duty to inform (tell the officer you have a gun) but others don't. The database is always updated.

It's handy to have all of the information before you travel.

Just because you have reciprocity, you need to know the nuances of concealed carry in different states.

Always follow the letter of the law. Take an expendable gun that you shoot well, like a Glock. Not an Heirloom 1911.
 

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I can definitely understand Jonesee. I just want my car, pictures, and get out quickly. I see enough of Cali with Hollywood and the news as it is.

I also have another question for everyone... fear, really...

Say hypothetically the brake lights on one side malfunction and I get pulled over; do I have to mention that I have a firearm in the vehicle? The latest info I found was from 2015 and it stated Cali requires notification dependent on city or county. As a veteran I understand to be cooperative and whatnot... but would it be easier to just not say a word about it and take either the warning or citation and keep a moving till Donner's Pass?
Those of us who have a CA CCW are usually required to advise LE that we are carrying as a stipulation of our permit but there is no CA law that requires a person to advise any LE if they are transporting a firearm in their vehicle.

If you're a good driver the likelihood of being pulled over is next to nil.
 

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When are you guys in California going to do something about your %&$#*[email protected] state? Put your big boy pants on and get rid of those *(&#@ commies!

Don't have to answer, it's a rhetorical question.

Been to California once. Never going back as long as things are the way they are.
 
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