This is another book written by a lawyer, John Machtinger in this case, that covers the idiocinracies of California law, explaining what you need to know about the law if you own a gun or are thinking of buying one. This book ISBN 35626 02012, although written by a lawyer is in layman’s terms so quite easy to understand, sells for $12.95 (2012), and is updated every year. There are also free web site updates here should California law change mid year.
This book explains the requirements for a DOJ approved gun safe, which meets the gun safe exception, which is the alternative having to buy a firearms safety device at the time of purchase of a firearm. It explains what is required in terms of proof of a gun safe, I.E. either a sales receipt or an affidavit, and what would be required in the affidavit.
There is an explanation of what is an “Approved safety device”, basically it must have been tested by DOJ and on the DOJ’s roster of approved devices which is available here
The book explains both the criminal and civil liability if you have a firearms accident, the former resulting from gross negligence such as pointing a gun at someone without checking to see if it was loaded, and handling or shooting a gun in a place where it is likely to injure someone.
Machtinger explains what defines “Brandishing a gun” and the penalties for doing so are, which is something that could happen during a confrontation with an anti-hunter if the hunter is not careful. He explains the transfer process for a transfer between father & son, Grandfather and grandchild, another area that hunters need to be aware of the law, in particular regarding age of the transferee and special requirements for handguns.
Machtinger points out that one area that some CCW license owners may find themselves in trouble is that the law pertaining to possessing a gun at a polling place does apply to CCW owners as well as everyone else with only the exception of peace officers, private guards or anyone authorized by the city or county elections official.
Another point Machtinger makes is that if you purchased a handgun before 1979 you should file a request to ensure you are listed as the registered owner, or if purchased in another state, it is wise to file a voluntary gun registration with the DOJ so that you are the registered owner.
He explains the transportation of a firearm from a place you can lawfully own a gun such as your residence, or place of business (if your are the owner of said business or authorized to possess a firearm by the owner), to another place you can lawfully possess a firearm, such as a target range, gun club, sporting event, gun store for repair of the gun, etc. He explains the exceptions, which include those that pertain to hunters and fishermen. The major points here for hunters are that Licensed hunters or fishermen can carry a concealed gun while engaging in hunting or fishing, or while going to or from that hunting or fishing expedition. This exception also applies to the open carry unloaded handgun ban, but only for hunters and not fishermen.
He continues to point out that “You don’t need an exception to the loaded gun law when you lawfully hunt, because you are not in a “prohibited area” where it is illegal to shoot a gun, and therefore the loaded gun law doesn’t apply. However, you cannot have a loaded gun in or on your vehicle while it’s on a public road or highway, even when you’re hunting.
This is another book that should be on the bookshelf of every hunter along with the previously reviewed book by C.D. Michel