Categories of Prohibited People in California

Who Is Prohibited From Owning a Gun in California?

In California, you’re not allowed to have a firearm in public, unless it is unloaded and in a locked container in the trunk of your car.

But beyond that, there are categories of people who are prohibited from owning, possessing, acquiring, or using a firearm. The first category is convicted felons. Anyone convicted of a felony in any jurisdiction is not allowed to own a firearm.

Another group of people not allowed to own guns are those people who are addicted to narcotics. Thirdly, people who have two or more convictions under Penal Code section 417 of California’s law are barred from owning guns.

Fourth, people who have a mental illness and people who are convicted of certain misdemeanor offenses.

Finally, minors i.e., anyone under 18 years of age is prohibited from acquiring, owning, possessing, or using a firearm.

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