Open carry is generally prohibited in California. The law states that the issuing authority of a county or city within a county with a population under 200,000 people may issue licenses to carry loaded and exposed handguns. The license would only be valid in that county. Visit our California Concealed Carry page for more information on obtaining a license.
Open carrying in a vehicle is not legal in California. If you do not have a California License to Carry, handguns must be stored unloaded in the trunk, vehicle storage compartment, or in a locked gun case. Long guns must be unloaded.
For concealed carry information, visit our California Concealed Carry page.
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