California has some of the most restrictive firearm laws in the country, and it’s essential to be aware of these laws if you own or carry a firearm. One important subsection of these laws is PC 25612, which addresses the carrying of concealed weapons.
Under PC 25612, it is illegal to carry a concealed weapon in California without a valid permit or license. A concealed weapon is defined as any firearm that is not visible to the ordinary sight of another person. This law applies to both handguns and long guns (rifles, shotguns, etc.), and it applies to both residents and non-residents of California.
Violating PC 25612 can result in severe consequences, including misdemeanor or felony charges, depending on the circumstances. If convicted of a misdemeanor, the penalties can include up to one year in county jail and a fine of up to $1,000. If convicted of a felony, the penalties can include up to three years in state prison and a fine of up to $10,000.
It’s important to note that there are some exceptions to this law, such as for law enforcement officers or for individuals who are transporting an unloaded firearm in a locked container. However, if you are charged with a violation of PC 25612, it’s crucial to work with an experienced criminal defense attorney who can help you understand your rights and defend your case.
Here are some scenarios that you could accidentally break this law:
- Moving to California or Traveling Through California – Even if you have a concealed handgun license in another state, it is crucial that you unload your gun and place it in a locked box BEFORE coming into the State of California.
- Going to a Gun Range – You can shoot at a gun range. Just make sure to transport your bullets and firearm separately and securely.
- Coming Back from a Hunting Trip and Forgetting a Bullet – Practicing excellent gun safety, like triple-checking the chamber and clip of your firearm, will help you avoid going to jail for breaking PC 25612.
At Criminal Defense Heroes, P.C., we are committed to providing the highest level of legal representation to each and every client. Our team of experienced criminal defense and gun attorneys can help you understand the specific laws and penalties related to PC 25612, as well as any potential defenses that may be available to you.
If you have been charged with a violation of PC 25612, it’s essential to act quickly and work with an attorney who has experience defending clients facing firearm-related charges. We will work tirelessly to ensure that your rights are protected and that you receive the best possible outcome for your case.
To learn more about California’s firearm laws and other related topics, check out these informative blog articles:
- “Understanding California’s Gun Laws” – This article provides a comprehensive overview of California’s gun laws and regulations.
- “Can I Carry a Loaded Firearm in My Car?” – This article covers PC 25452 which makes it is illegal to carry a loaded firearm in a vehicle, whether it is on your person or within your reach, without a valid permit or license.
If you need assistance with firearm-related charges or other criminal defense needs, please contact us at 323-529-3660 to schedule a consultation. Our team of certified attorneys from the USCCA Critical Attorney Network is here to support you and provide the highest level of legal representation possible.