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California Penal Code Section 12026.1

by Randy Collins on Jan. 25, 2012

Criminal 

Summary: If you happen to be driving in a California school zone and have in your possession a licensed firearm, there are certain provisions that prohibit you from openly displaying this said firearm.

If you happen to be driving in a California school zone and have in your possession a licensed firearm, there are certain provisions that prohibit you from openly displaying this said firearm. The open carry laws are a bit restricted in certain areas.

According to California Penal Code Section 12026.1, if you own a firearm, this section allows you to lawfully carry the weapon, given that it’s concealed. And the code makes provisions for what concealed means too:- If you are a legal resident and at least eighteen years old, the firearm when in your vehicle,  should be held in the trunk or glove compartment. In addition, these enclosures of the car should be secured with a keyed lock to avoid easy access to innocent bystanders.

The California Penal Code basically lays out the rules for lawfully carrying a firearm in certain areas of the country and with a good explanation. A school houses innocent children. To prevent unnecessary hazards, the law is meant to protect rather than dictate.

In addition to this description of what California gun laws outline, it should also be noted that the firearm should be unloaded. This would mean that a gun holder would be a violation of the law if the gun is loaded, and/or it is found sitting idly in a vehicle, without being securely put away.

If you are found flaunting  a firearm, whether with the intent of threatening someone else or boasting, you could be arrested for brandishing, which is a separate animal by itself. If you’re facing these charges and are innocent, there are a few experienced lawyers that can help you out of this bind. For one, McGregor and Collins have been assisting California citizens for years to win over cases of false accusations. They are an experienced legal team that can help set the records straight to get you off the trial. For more information about their firm, visit www.cmcdefense.com or call (949) 250-6097.

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