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Legal Information: California

State Gun Laws

April 2, 2020

What is the penalty for violating state firearm laws?

Under CA state law, anyone who has, buys, or tries to buy a gun while under a protective order is guilty of a public offense and can be punished by a fine of up to $1,000, jail/ prison time for up to 1 year, or both.1  The abuser might also be violating federal firearm laws as well, which carries separate penalties.  See Federal Gun Laws for more information.

1 Ann.Cal.Penal Code §12021(g)(1)-(2)