California Gun & Ammo Laws: A 2nd Amendment Overview for California Gun Owners

PLEASE NOTE: The laws which impact California gun owners are subject to frequent change at the local, state, and federal level so it's wise to consult an attorney or your local law enforcement agency before making any final firearms-related decisions. Our official policy on shipping ammo to California can be found here, whereas the information below is meant as a reference point only.

California State Constitution

The California Constitution provides for "inalienable rights" including "defending life and liberty ... and protecting property..." as follows:

"All people are by nature free and independent and have inalienable rights. Among these are enjoying and defending life and liberty, acquiring, possessing, and protecting property, and pursuing and obtaining safety, happiness, and privacy."

Furthermore, the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution has been properly defined as an individual right in the Heller and McDonald U.S. Supreme Court cases, therefore Article III, Section 1 of the California Constitution would apply the Second Amendment to the State Laws of California:

"The State of California is an inseparable part of the United States of America, and the United States Constitution is the supreme law of the land."

Other provisions relating to the power of the people over government:

"(a) The people have the right to instruct their representatives, petition government for redress of grievances, and assemble freely to consult for the common good."

" All political power is inherent in the people. Government is instituted for their protection, security, and benefit, and they have the right to alter or reform it when the public good may require. "

California Gun Laws

California Gun Laws Overview (Source: NRA-ILA)
California Concealed Carry (CCW) Overview (Source:
California Concealed Carry Permits (California issues concealed carry permits by county, to find out more information contact your county's sheriff's office.)
California Attorney General Frequently Asked Questions - Firearms (Source: California Attorney General)

California Hunting Rules & Regulations

Hunting Overview (Source: California DFW)
Hunting Licenses & Fees (Source: California DFW)
Online License Sales and Service (Source: California DFW)
California Hunter Education (Source: California DFW)

California Shooting Ranges

Public Lands Available for Hunting and Shooting (Source: US Department of Interior Bureau of Land Management)
NSSF-Affiliated Shooting Ranges (Source: NSSF's
NRA-Affiliated Shooting Ranges (Source:
All Shooting Ranges (Source:

California Competitive Shooting Clubs & Matches

IDPA Clubs (Source:
IDPA Matches (Source:
USPSA Clubs (Source:
USPSA Matches (Source:
USA Shooting Clubs (Source:
USA Shooting Matches (Source:
4-H Shooting Sports State Contacts (Source:

California NRA Training Courses & Fundraising Events

California State Firearm & Hunting Associations

California Gun Shows and FFLs

California Gun & Knife Shows (Source:
California Gun Shows (Source:
California FFL Holders (Source:
NICS Firearm Checks by State (Source:
California Mental Health Records Submitted to NICS (Source:

California's Yearly Ranking in "Best Gun-Friendly States" by Guns & Ammo Magazine

California Elected Public Officials

Congressional (Source:
Gubernatorial (Source:
State Legislature (Source:
Statewide Officials (Source:
NRA's Ranking of California Public Officials (Source:

California Public Finances and Personal & Economic Freedom Rankings

California State Checkbook (Source: Open The Books)
California State Employees (Source: Open The Books)
California Personal & Economic Freedom Ranking (Source: CATO Institute)
California Civil Asset Forfeiture (aka "Policing For Profit") Ranking (Source: Institute for Justice)

California State Business Tax Climate Rankings

California State Business Tax Climate Rank (Source: Tax Foundation)
Taxes in California (Source: Tax Foundation)