Updated on December 2nd, 2022
A California firearm bill of sale is used when selling a gun to record the purchase and describe the parties involved in the transaction. It acts as evidence of the sale, ensuring that both the buyer and seller have written proof of the sales price and date. California law states that all private firearms sales must be conducted through a licensed dealer. The dealership is responsible for performing a background check and confirming the buyer’s eligibility to own the weapon. A fee will be charged for a background check, and the dealer may charge an additional fee of up to $10 for each weapon. After the transaction is complete, there is a mandatory ten (10) day waiting period before the dealer releases the firearm to the buyer.
- Firearm laws – §§ 28050 – 28070
- Background check required? Yes. Private firearm sales must be supervised by a licensed dealer, and all dealers are required to perform background checks.
- Permit required to purchase? Yes. A Firearm Safety Certificate must be presented to the firearms dealer.
Concealed Carry Laws
Statute – § 26150
Carrying a concealed weapon is legal if the owner has a California Concealed Carry Weapons License. To apply for a concealed carry license, the applicant must fill out a Standard Initial and Renewal Application for License to Carry a Concealed Weapon and submit it to a local law enforcement agency. The applicant will be charged a fee of around $200 to $300, which covers the application costs, fingerprinting, and background check. The request will be approved if the applicant:
- Is a resident of, or spends a substantial amount of time in, the county or city where the license is being issued;
- Is morally sound;
- Has good reason to carry a concealed weapon; and
- Has completed a firearms training course as defined in § 26165.