Getting Pulled Over with a Gun in the Vehicle

Stockton Criminal Law AttorneyIn California, as well as across the United States, people are allowed to own and carry guns as per the Second Amendment. However, this doesn’t mean that people are absolutely free to do whatever they please with firearms. There are laws and regulations that gun owners should familiarize themselves with, particularly when it comes to transporting a gun in a vehicle.

To help clear up any confusion, we want to spend this post going over proper vs improper gun transport in California. Knowledge of these laws is vital for responsible gun owners who wish to stay out of trouble, especially while traveling in a vehicle.

The Manner of Transportation Matters

California law is clear about how guns should be transported while traveling in a car. As per  California Penal Code 25400, you cannot carry a “concealed” gun while in a car. This does not mean they should be out in the open.


Rather, the law states that guns need to be locked in the trunk or in a container within the vehicle. Not only that, but weapons need to be unloaded and ammunition needs to be carried in a separate container altogether. Guns that are too large to fit in a container, such as rifles, should have a lock on the gun itself. Likewise, these larger firearms need to remain unloaded while being transported in a car.

Improper Gun Transportation is a Criminal Offense

Running afoul of these laws could lead to a criminal charge. If you get caught, you could be facing misdemeanor or felony charges depending on prior criminal history, the circumstances around the crime/arrest, and more.

Remember these vital tips while exercising your Second Amendment rights in California, and as always, we at the Jacot Law Firm are available to answer any additional questions. If you’re looking for legal advice or representation, we’re happy to help as well!

Call the Jacot Law Firm today! Reach us at 209-463-1800 to schedule a free initial consultation with our reputable California criminal defense attorneys.