How Do You Buy Firearms In California?
California has an active and well established tradition of gun ownership, hunting and sport shooting. Despite this, or maybe because of it, the State of California takes gun laws seriously and requires that you go through a thorough process in order to buy a firearm. Follow these steps to buy a gun in California. Fill out and submit a Personal Firearms Eligibility Check from California’s Department of Justice. Make sure you include accurate information, since the eligibility check is a legal document, and that you enclose a copy of your California ID (either state ID or driver’s license) and the fee required to do the firearm eligibility check. Take a Handgun Safety Certificate program or find out if you qualify for the HSC exemption once you find out that you are eligible to buy a gun in California. Then, identify a licensed dealer, whether it is a gun store, a gun show exhibitor or private operator. Bring your valid California ID to the dealer along with proof of your HSC. Purchase t
Buying a firearm is a relatively simple process, but there are some things you should know and take into consideration before you go through with the process. This article is specifically for buying a firearm in California, but many of the aspects can be used in other states as well. • Check your record. Be sure you are mentally stable, have never been convicted of a felony, are an American citizen, and are of correct age. • Having been committed to a mental institution may make it very difficult to pass your background checks. Regardless of the background check, it may not be a good idea to own a firearm if you know you are mentally unstable, suicidal, or are taking drugs for any mental illness. • If you are a convicted felon, stop here. In the state of California (and likely many other states) felons are unable to own any type of firearms. • As an American citizen, you can purchase firearms. If you are not a citizen, some visas may allow you to purchase firearms, but normally you are