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California’s Gun Laws FAQ’s

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There are very strict rules when it comes to California’s gun laws. These rules outline who is allowed to purchase a gun, when they can purchase, how many and how often they can purchase, how the gun must be stored at home, who may use the gun, when the gun may be used and more.

The gun laws for California are some of the strictest in the United States. Here are some frequently asked questions and the answers to them.


Can I lend my gun to a family member?

A firearm can be given to a person’s adult child or adult grandchild as long as it is a legal firearm. A firearm can also be given to a person’s spouse. However, a person cannot lend or give the gun to any other relative such as siblings, aunts, uncles and cousins. If the firearm they receive is a handgun, they must first get a Handgun Safety Certificate and fill out paperwork for the Department of Justice.

Can I sell my gun to a family member or anyone else?

If a person wishes to sell their gun to another individual, they must do so through a licensed California firearms dealer. The recipient must also pass the background check.

How many handguns can a person own?

Californians are limited to one handgun purchase per 30 day period, but there is no limit on how many they can own total.

What are the proper ways to store my guns at home?

Guns must be kept out of reach of children. If a child manages to get ahold of the gun, the owner can face felony charges. Guns should be kept in locked containers or drawers. It is recommended that guns be locked away unloaded.

Who is and is not allowed to purchase and own a firearm?

Anyone who wishes to make a firearm purchase must first pass a background check. People who have been convicted for certain misdemeanors or any felony are not allowed to purchase or own a firearm in California. In addition, there are restrictions based on drug abuse, being held involuntarily because they were deemed a threat to themselves or others, driving records, mental conditions, domestic abuse, restraining orders and more. Of-age individuals who pass the background check and pass their test will be allowed to purchase and own a legal firearm.


If you are a gun owner or plan to own a gun in the future, your knowledge of the gun laws will extend much farther than these frequently asked questions. Guns must be handled safely and responsibly so they do not end up injuring or killing anybody. Consequences for misusing a gun are not forgiving and no one wants to have to deal with that.

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Alcohol Friendly Beaches

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California is known for many things, including its many beaches and the beautiful weather. Everyone flocks to the shores to play in the sand and water, to relax and have a good time with friends and to eat but not drink alcohol.

It is illegal to drink alcohol at the majority of California’s beaches.

However, those who prefer a little booze with their beach trip are not out of luck, because there are a few beaches that are alcohol friendly.

Carmel Beach

Located in Northern California, Carmel-by-the-Sea is known as a quaint, picturesque town that is even more captivating because of its alcohol friendly beach. You can have your choice of alcoholic beverage in between your surf runs while you lay on the beach in between beach sports or during a bonfire. The only rules are that the drinking must be done by 10:00 PM and you cannot have a keg.

Paradise Cove, Malibu

At Paradise Cove, beach goers are allowed to sip on beer, wine, or champagne anytime between 8:00 AM and sunset. There is also a restaurant on-site where you may order drinks and food. Parking can be somewhat of a turn off here, as the fee to park on site is a bit steep. The restaurant will validate your parking if you dine there. Otherwise, if you are adamant on hitting Paradise Cove, you will have to park further away on the street and walk.

Kehoe Beach

If you walk a half mile along the northern end of Great Beach at Point Reyes, you will hit Kehoe Beach where you definitely can bust out your alcohol, as long as it is not in a keg. Note that the beach closes at 11:00 PM so everyone must be off it by then, so give yourself a little time to make the short walk back to your vehicle.

 
In order for these beaches to remain alcohol friendly, remember to not leave a mess and not be disruptive and rowdy to the point you are causing a disturbance to others. Think of these alcohol friendly beaches as privileges that you would not want taken away. Keep the beaches clean and the fun open to others by drinking responsibly and cleaning up after yourself. Finally, remember to be mindful of how you will be getting home at the end of your beach day. Designate a sober driver or know when to stop drinking so you can sober up.

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Road Trip Checklist

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Summer is the perfect time to take a road trip with friends. It is vacation season and the weather is perfect for you to drive your convertible with the wind blowing in your hair. Whether you have a destination in mind or you prefer to just drive, make sure you have packed your essentials such as sunglasses, sunblock, swim suits and have your driving playlist ready. Before you get on the road, make sure to do a safety check of your vehicle.

  • Check that all exterior lights of the car work properly: head lights, tail lights, brake lights, signal lights and high beams.
  • Make sure your horn is working and loud enough for others to hear.
  • All passengers need to be wearing a seatbelt. Make sure those are functioning properly.
  • Hopefully it will not rain, but in case it does, you will want your windshield wipers working.
  • Take a look at your tires. Do they need air? Are the treads good to withstand your road trip? Take a spare tire with you as well.
  • Open up the hood of your car and fill up the fluids.
  • Get your brakes checked and make sure they are good to go.

By making sure your car is road trip-ready, you are taking extra precautions to avoid accidents. In addition, you could also be saving yourself from being pulled over and get a ticket. A few extra minutes to look over your car can save you thousands of dollars, if you really think about it.

If you think you will be driving across state borders, keep in mind that driving rules might not be the same. For example, you might not be allowed to make a right on a red light or you might not be allowed to pump your own gas at a gas station, instead a store clerk is supposed to do this for you. Overall, drive with safety in mind, as you would anywhere because getting a ticket, getting pulled over, getting into an accident or getting arrested is a cost no one wants to worry about having to deal with especially out-of-state.

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Strange Laws From Around The United State

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It probably comes as no surprise to anybody that politicians do not always come up with the best ideas when it comes to laws. Many times, it can be argued that their hearts were in the right place, they simply failed on the delivery of the new law. Others times, there is simply no explanation for the law.

You can find proof of this by simply looking through the different laws of not just California, but other states as well. It would seem no state is safe from having a law that would make you scratch your head in confusion.

  • Women may not drive in a house coat in California.
  • Citizens in Virginia must honk their horn when passing other cars.
  • At a wake in Massachusetts, mourners may not have more than 3 sandwiches.
  • In Iowa, tanning bed facilities must warn of the risk of getting a sunburn.
  • It is considered an offense to hunt whales in Utah. Surprisingly, this is not the only landlocked state to outlaw whaling.
  • Donkeys cannot be kept in a bathtub in Georgia.
  • In Nebraska, it is illegal for a bar owner to sell beer unless they are simultaneously brewing a kettle of soup.
  • Florida accidentally banned all smartphones and computer in internet cafes.

The list could easily continue, since there are dozens of strange laws all over the country. Some are clearly from another time period, while others are just strange. Many of them should probably be removed from state law, but that won’t happen anytime soon. Luckily, the chances of getting arrested for breaking any of these laws is slim.

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Stunts Gone Wrong

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The rise of YouTube has created several celebrities on the web. The site has made it possible for ordinary people to create their own fame. This has led to hundreds of thousands of people trying to climb their way to the top. Some of these people, attempt to do crazy or insane stunts to gain a following and get views.

More often than not, these stunts end in disaster. Someone ends up getting hurt, or worse, because the performer fails to do the stunt safely. They try to do the stunt right away without any sort of rehearsal or testing.

Recently, a Minnesota woman accidentally shot her boyfriend while trying to film a stunt for a YouTube video. The plan was for her to shoot a .50 caliber Desert Eagle at a book that her boyfriend was holding in front of his chest. The thought was the book would stop the bullet. Unfortunately, that was not the end result. The woman now faces second-degree manslaughter charges and could face 10 years in prison.

The lesson here is…

Do not do something dangerous or life threatening just to gain popularity.

It is not worth hurting yourself or someone else. The consequences for messing up can be far worse than you even realize.

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When Can You Break Into A Car Without Getting Into Trouble?

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Toward the end of last year, California finally made it a law to protect citizens who, in good faith and after exhausting all other options to no avail, break into hot vehicles to rescue a dog. Since the law has gone into effect, there have been few incidences where such action needed to take place. Now, summer is here and for the first time since the law went into effect, the temperatures will consistently top 70 and 80 degrees daily. This means that more dogs are vulnerable to being left alone in hot vehicles while their owner runs an errand.

There are certain steps and conditions in order for the individual, who broke into the car, to be protected from criminal charges.

  • The person first must be certain that there is no way of opening the vehicle without breaking in.
  • The person must identify the dog inside the hot vehicle is indeed suffering and in danger.
  • The person must call the police to let them know of the situation and they must stay on-site with the dog until the police arrive.

On a hot day, the temperature outside is more bearable than the inside of a vehicle. For example, on an 80 degree day, a car can get as hot as 120 degrees within 10 minutes. If it is 90 degrees outside, the car can reach 150 degrees.

While this Good Samaritan Law protects individuals who break into a hot vehicles to save a pet, it does not truly protect them if they were to break into a car to save another human life, like that of a child. That is a legal grey area that California lawmakers must still work on.

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It Is Illegal To Misuse 9-1-1

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When there is an emergency that requires immediate professional attention and care, the number to dial is 911. Emergencies include reporting a fire or a car accident. Basically anything where fire, police, or medical attention is needed in order to save a life, reduce damaged property, catch a criminal, or rescue someone.

Emergencies do not include a restaurant running out of the barbecue sauce you wanted, really disliking your neighbor because they play loud music all the time, or not knowing how to unclog your toilet. There are certain times when calling 911 is and is not warranted for an incident.

In every state, including California, it is illegal to dial 911 if it is not an emergency. A person who abuses the hotline can be charged with an infraction and fined. They can even put into jail.

To provide some perspective, a person can be fined up to $1,000 and put into jail for up to 6 months if they repeatedly call 911 with the intent to annoy or harass another person, such as a neighbor they strongly dislike. For other instances where 911 is dialed for non-emergency related incidences, the person can be fined as much as $200 per dial.

Misusing 911 ties up the call center’s hotlines. This means that people who are calling for a true emergency must wait even longer to get the assistance they need immediately. Additionally, the more times a single individual dials 911, the longer others have to wait. That amounts to crucial seconds and minutes lost for those who really need emergency services.

Use your best judgment when to dial 911.

If you are unsure, it is best to call 911 anyway, just in case. Before dispatching the police, an ambulance, or the fire department, they will ask you a few questions in regards to the situation to help them assess and evaluate the need for assistance. Then, they will quickly dispatch emergency services. Other times, the matter can be resolved right then and there with the operator guiding you over the phone or explaining what would or would not be an emergency call. They are careful when explaining this since they do not want to discourage people from ever calling 911 again.

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Travel Allowances While Out On Bail

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If you have a vacation coming up, but you or a travel companion of yours is currently out on bail, you will need to make sure that their release terms and court appearances are not going to conflict with the travel plans. Unfortunately, you will need to prioritize the court situation over your vacation, even if it was planned months ago. By doing this, you and your loved ones are showing the court that you are serious about taking care of this important situation, and that you do not want to cause any additional issues or delays.

You will need to know if the judge is allowing the defendant to travel while out on bail.

If there are no travel restrictions, then the defendant is free to move forward with their upcoming vacation. However, the judge may impose certain travel restrictions. For example, the defendant may only be allowed to travel within the state or among certain states. Then there are some defendants who are not allowed to travel at all. These defendants will even be required to hand their passport over to the court.

No matter what travel restrictions there may be, there is one thing that applies equally to all defendants: they must appear for court as scheduled.

If the defendant fails to show up for court or is late showing up for court, their bail falls into jeopardy and the defendant runs the risk of being taken back into custody. This could lead to paying more and losing any pledged collateral.

For defendants who are allowed to travel and plan to do so, they should let their bail agent and lawyer know ahead of time. They will also need to make sure they are back in time for their next court date. If they need to return early, so be it. Traveling is great but if they skip court, they will not get the luxury to travel again for a very long time.

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What Appears On Background Checks?

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Your skills qualify you for the job you are interviewing for and you hit it off with your interviewer. They tell you that unofficially, you have the job. They just need to do a background check and get the paperwork in order. Once everything clears, you are hired! However, you are worried that your potential employer will discover something on your background check that will put you in jeopardy of getting the position.

Background checks are standard procedure for job positions. They are also standard for other needs, like trying to get a home or an apartment. They are legal to do so, as long as the company complies with the federal and state laws on conducting background checks. The employer just wants to know if you have once been arrested for a crime. When they conduct the background check, misdemeanors and felonies that have occurred in the last 7 years will show up.

Infractions and any crimes that you were charged for that occurred over 7 years ago will not show up on your background check.

Additionally, if you received a pardon on a conviction, then that conviction will not show up on a background check.

Sealed and expunged records will also not appear on background checks. Also, if you had successfully completed a diversion program because of an arrest, then that arrest does not show up on your record either.

The chances of the employer denying you a job purely because of your criminal record is slim. If you are worried, you can discuss your concerns, but only if the employer brings up the topic.

Having a criminal history is not going hold you back from getting a job or home. Do not stress about that. If anything, it proves you dealt with something big and you managed to get through it professionally and maturely. That is a positive way to look at it and hopefully your potential employers will think the same as well.

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Is It Worth Fighting A Traffic Ticket?

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When you get a traffic ticket for speeding or running a stop sign, you can easily pay it, but you wonder whether it is worth fighting the ticket. You might be able to get it reduced or thrown out altogether. In some cases, it can be worth it to fight. However, it is not always the easiest or fastest thing to deal with. In the long run, you may end up losing more money on wasted time. Before you decide, evaluate the pros and cons, including how disruptive it could be to your daily routine and how much you have to gain or lose financially. You need to look at not only your ticket, but your insurance premiums that could increase due to the ticket.

You can get out of paying for a traffic ticket if you show up for court, but the officer does not. This results in an automatic win for you because you are being denied the right to question your accuser. If you postpone your court date and even choose one close to the holidays, you could be increasing your chances on having a no-show from the officer. Officers tend to schedule all their court appearances on the same days so they can do them all at once. If you can get the date moved, you could be in luck. If you get a date close to a major holiday, there is a chance the officer is off on vacation. The officer also may not show up for court if your ticket is inexpensive and is for a very low-level incident.

If you get a ticket based on camera footage, the ticket can get dismissed if the court does not have the video or picture. The courthouse may not want to go through the trouble of acquiring that video footage which means you win and do not have to pay the ticket.

There are other ways to fight a ticket, like getting a lawyer who specializes in traffic cases, but the ones mentioned here are the easiest, fastest, and most affordable ways to get out of paying for the ticket. These depend on your luck, but there could be a chance that luck is on your side.

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