California — Gun Facts, Figures and the Law

California — Gun Facts, Figures and the Law

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StockpilesGun Numbers

Civilian Guns

Percentage of Adults Living in a Home With a Gun

ChartIn California, the fraction of adults living in a household with a firearm is reported to be

2004: 20.01
2002: 19.52
2001: 21.33

Proportion of Households with Firearms

In California, the percentage of households with one or more guns is reported to be 2004: 33.264

Gun Ownership by US State and Decade

ChartIn California, the percentage of households with one or more guns is estimated to be

2001/2010: 42.05 6
1991/2000: 51.5
1981/1990: 53.0

ImpactsDeath and Injury

Total Number of Gun Deaths

ChartIn California, annual deaths resulting from firearms total

2010: 2,9357
2009: 3,094
2008: 3,171
2007: 3,268
2006: 3,363
2005: 3,453
2004: 3,316
2003: 3,468
2002: 3,410
2001: 3,200
2000: 3,108
1999: 3,054

Rate of All Gun Deaths per 100,000 People

ChartIn California, the annual rate of all gun deaths per 100,000 population is

2010: 7.887
2009: 8.37
2008: 8.66
2007: 9.02
2006: 9.34
2005: 9.64
2004: 9.32
2003: 9.84
2002: 9.78
2001: 9.28
2000: 9.18
1999: 9.12

Homicides (any method)

ChartIn California, annual homicides by any means total

2010: 1,9547
2009: 2,124
2008: 2,280
2007: 2,376
2006: 2,616
2005: 2,540
2004: 2,490
2003: 2,487
2002: 2,485
2001: 2,223
2000: 2,064
1999: 2,066

Rate of Homicide per 100,000 People (any method)

ChartIn California, the annual rate of homicide by any means per 100,000 population is

2010: 5.257
2009: 5.75
2008: 6.23
2007: 6.55
2006: 7.26
2005: 7.09
2004: 7.00
2003: 7.05
2002: 7.13
2001: 6.45
2000: 6.09
1999: 6.17

Gun Homicides

ChartIn California, annual firearm homicides total

2010: 1,3427
2009: 1,460
2008: 1,569
2007: 1,701
2006: 1,883
2005: 1,878
2004: 1,808
2003: 1,782
2002: 1,810
2001: 1,589
2000: 1,483
1999: 1,380

Rate of Gun Homicide per 100,000 People

ChartIn California, the annual rate of firearm homicide per 100,000 population is

2010: 3.607
2009: 3.95
2008: 4.29
2007: 4.69
2006: 5.23
2005: 5.24
2004: 5.08
2003: 5.05
2002: 5.19
2001: 4.61
2000: 4.38
1999: 4.12

Handgun Homicides

ChartIn California, according to figures from the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI),8 annual handgun homicides total

2012: 8999 10
2011: 866
2010: 953
2009: 1,022
2008: 1,156
2007: 1,374
2006: 1,623
2005: 1,493
2004: 1,442
2003: 1,558
2002: 1,554
2001: 1,342
2000: 1,247
1999: 1,150
1998: 1,316
1997: 1,631
1996: 1,872
1995: 2,288

Rate of Handgun Homicide per 100,000 People

ChartIn California, according to figures from the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI),11 the annual rate of handgun homicide per 100,000 population is

2012: 2.3612
2011: 2.30
2010: 2.55
2009: 2.77
2008: 3.16
2007: 3.79
2006: 4.51
2005: 4.17
2004: 4.05
2003: 4.42
2002: 4.46
2001: 3.89
2000: 3.67
1999: 3.43
1998: 3.99
1997: 5.02
1996: 5.85
1995: 7.22

Handgun Homicides (CDC)

ChartIn California, according to figures from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC),8 annual handgun homicides total

2010: 26113 10
2009: 297
2008: 299
2007: 275
2006: 341
2005: 310
2004: 285
2003: 314
2002: 320
2001: 288
2000: 290
1999: 267

Rate of Handgun Homicide per 100,000 People (CDC)

ChartIn California, according to figures from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC),11 the annual rate of handgun homicide per 100,000 population is

2010: 0.7013 10
2009: 0.80
2008: 0.82
2007: 0.76
2006: 0.95
2005: 0.87
2004: 0.80
2003: 0.89
2002: 0.92
2001: 0.84
2000: 0.86
1999: 0.80

Long Gun Homicides

ChartIn California, according to figures from the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI),14 annual long gun homicides total

2012: 909 10
2011: 95
2010: 63
2009: 94
2008: 112
2007: 125
2006: 143
2005: 159
2004: 144
2003: 117
2002: 142
2001: 135
2000: 123
1999: 126
1998: 146
1997: 186
1996: 181
1995: 265

Rate of Long Gun Homicide per 100,000 People

ChartIn California, according to figures from the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI),15 the annual rate of long gun homicide per 100,000 population is

2012: 0.2412
2011: 0.25
2010: 0.17
2009: 0.25
2008: 0.31
2007: 0.34
2006: 0.40
2005: 0.44
2004: 0.40
2003: 0.33
2002: 0.41
2001: 0.39
2000: 0.36
1999: 0.38
1998: 0.44
1997: 0.57
1996: 0.57
1995: 0.84

Long Gun Homicides (CDC)

ChartIn California, according to figures from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC),14 annual long gun homicides total

2010: 7013 10
2009: 66
2008: 91
2007: 93
2006: 99
2005: 105
2004: 98
2003: 73
2002: 95
2001: 71
2000: 67
1999: 66

Rate of Long Gun Homicide per 100,000 People (CDC)

ChartIn California, according to figures from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC),15 the annual rate of long gun homicide per 100,000 population is

2010: 0.1913 10
2009: 0.18
2008: 0.25
2007: 0.26
2006: 0.27
2005: 0.29
2004: 0.28
2003: 0.21
2002: 0.27
2001: 0.21
2000: 0.20
1999: 0.20

Gun Homicides (Other)

ChartIn California, according to figures from the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI),16 annual firearm homicides (Other) total

2012: 3159 10
2011: 259
2010: 201
2009: 244
2008: 219
2007: 106
2006: 56
2005: 193
2004: 138
2003: 52
2002: 41
2001: 93
2000: 78
1999: 62
1998: 7
1997: 15
1996: 8
1995: 40

Rate of Gun Homicide (Other) per 100,000 People

ChartIn California, according to figures from the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI),17 the annual rate of firearm homicide (Other) per 100,000 population is

2012: 0.8312
2011: 0.69
2010: 0.54
2009: 0.66
2008: 0.60
2007: 0.29
2006: 0.16
2005: 0.54
2004: 0.39
2003: 0.15
2002: 0.12
2001: 0.27
2000: 0.23
1999: 0.19
1998: 0.02
1997: 0.05
1996: 0.02
1995: 0.13

Gun Homicides (Other) (CDC)

ChartIn California, according to figures from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC),16 annual firearm homicides (Other) total

2010: 1,01113 10
2009: 1,097
2008: 1,179
2007: 1,333
2006: 1,443
2005: 1,463
2004: 1,425
2003: 1,395
2002: 1,395
2001: 1,230
2000: 1,126
1999: 1,047

Rate of Gun Homicide (Other) per 100,000 People (CDC)

ChartIn California, according to figures from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC),17 the annual rate of firearm homicide (Other) per 100,000 population is

2010: 2.7113 10
2009: 2.97
2008: 3.22
2007: 3.68
2006: 4.01
2005: 4.08
2004: 4.01
2003: 3.96
2002: 4.00
2001: 3.57
2000: 3.32
1999: 3.13

Suicides (any method)

ChartIn California, annual suicides by any means total

2010: 3,9137
2009: 3,823
2008: 3,775
2007: 3,602
2006: 3,334
2005: 3,206
2004: 3,368
2003: 3,397
2002: 3,228
2001: 2,831
2000: 2,969
1999: 3,077

Rate of Suicide per 100,000 People (any method)

ChartIn California, the annual rate of suicide by any means per 100,000 population is

2010: 10.507
2009: 10.34
2008: 10.31
2007: 9.94
2006: 9.26
2005: 8.95
2004: 9.47
2003: 9.64
2002: 9.26
2001: 8.21
2000: 8.77
1999: 9.19

Gun Suicides

ChartIn California, annual firearm suicides total

2010: 1,4927
2009: 1,519
2008: 1,478
2007: 1,422
2006: 1,319
2005: 1,329
2004: 1,366
2003: 1,505
2002: 1,490
2001: 1,450
2000: 1,487
1999: 1,532

Rate of Gun Suicide per 100,000 People

ChartIn California, the annual rate of firearm suicide per 100,000 population is

2010: 4.007
2009: 4.11
2008: 4.04
2007: 3.92
2006: 3.66
2005: 3.71
2004: 3.84
2003: 4.27
2002: 4.27
2001: 4.21
2000: 4.39
1999: 4.57

Handgun Suicides

ChartIn California, annual handgun suicides total

2010: 82213
2009: 822
2008: 795
2007: 713
2006: 698
2005: 717
2004: 736
2003: 822
2002: 847
2001: 793
2000: 808
1999: 744

Rate of Handgun Suicide per 100,000 People

ChartIn California, the annual rate of handgun suicide per 100,000 population is

2010: 2.2113
2009: 2.22
2008: 2.17
2007: 1.97
2006: 1.94
2005: 2.00
2004: 2.07
2003: 2.33
2002: 2.43
2001: 2.30
2000: 2.39
1999: 2.22

Long Gun Suicides

ChartIn California, the number of long gun suicides is

2010: 24813
2009: 280
2008: 239
2007: 225
2006: 225
2005: 220
2004: 226
2003: 234
2002: 290
2001: 260
2000: 221
1999: 264

Rate of Long Gun Suicide per 100,000 People

ChartIn California, the annual rate of long gun suicide per 100,000 population is

2010: 0.6713
2009: 0.76
2008: 0.65
2007: 0.62
2006: 0.62
2005: 0.61
2004: 0.64
2003: 0.66
2002: 0.83
2001: 0.75
2000: 0.65
1999: 0.79

Gun Suicides (Other)

ChartIn California, annual gun suicides (other) total

2010: 42213
2009: 417
2008: 444
2007: 484
2006: 396
2005: 392
2004: 404
2003: 449
2002: 353
2001: 397
2000: 458
1999: 524

Rate of Gun Suicide (Other) per 100,000 People

ChartIn California, the annual rate of gun suicide (other) per 100,000 population is

2010: 1.1313
2009: 1.13
2008: 1.21
2007: 1.34
2006: 1.10
2005: 1.09
2004: 1.14
2003: 1.27
2002: 1.01
2001: 1.15
2000: 1.35
1999: 1.56

Unintentional Gun Deaths

ChartIn California, annual unintentional shooting deaths total

2010: 247
2009: 31
2008: 37
2007: 43
2006: 68
2005: 146
2004: 50
2003: 68
2002: 44
2001: 97
2000: 66
1999: 47

Rate of Unintentional Gun Death per 100,000 People

ChartIn California, the annual rate of unintentional shooting death per 100,000 population is

2010: 0.067
2009: 0.08
2008: 0.10
2007: 0.12
2006: 0.19
2005: 0.41
2004: 0.14
2003: 0.19
2002: 0.13
2001: 0.28
2000: 0.19
1999: 0.14

Unintentional Handgun Deaths

ChartIn California, annual unintentional shooting deaths by handgun total

2010: 0 Suppressed13
2009: 11
2008: 11
2007: 19
2006: 25
2005: 18
2004: 15
2003: 17
2002: 15
2001: 15
2000: 21
1999: 21

Rate of Unintentional Handgun Death per 100,000 People

ChartIn California, the annual rate of unintentional shooting death by handgun per 100,000 population is

2010: 0.00 Unreliable13
2009: 0.00 Unreliable
2008: 0.00 Unreliable
2007: 0.00 Unreliable
2006: 0.07
2005: 0.00 Unreliable
2004: 0.00 Unreliable
2003: 0.00 Unreliable
2002: 0.00 Unreliable
2001: 0.00 Unreliable
2000: 0.06
1999: 0.06

Unintentional Long Gun Deaths

ChartIn California, annual unintentional shooting deaths by long gun total

2010: 0 Suppressed13
2009: 0 Suppressed
2008: 0 Suppressed
2007: 0 Suppressed
2006: 0 Suppressed
2005: 18
2004: 0 Suppressed
2003: 12
2002: 0 Suppressed
2001: 10
2000: 10
1999: 0 Suppressed

Rate of Unintentional Long Gun Death per 100,000 People

ChartIn California, the annual rate of unintentional shooting death by long gun per 100,000 population is

2010: 0.00 Unreliable13
2009: 0.00 Unreliable
2008: 0.00 Unreliable
2007: 0.00 Unreliable
2006: 0.00 Unreliable
2005: 0.00 Unreliable
2004: 0.00 Unreliable
2003: 0.00 Unreliable
2002: 0.00 Unreliable
2001: 0.00 Unreliable
2000: 0.00 Unreliable
1999: 0.00 Unreliable

Unintentional Gun Deaths (Other)

ChartIn California, annual unintentional shooting deaths by firearm (other) total

2010: 1013
2009: 14
2008: 23
2007: 19
2006: 40
2005: 110
2004: 31
2003: 39
2002: 25
2001: 72
2000: 35
1999: 22

Rate of Unintentional Gun Death (Other) per 100,000 People

ChartIn California, the annual rate of unintentional shooting death by firearm (other) per 100,000 population is

2010: 0.00 Unreliable13
2009: 0.00 Unreliable
2008: 0.06
2007: 0.00 Unreliable
2006: 0.11
2005: 0.31
2004: 0.09
2003: 0.11
2002: 0.07
2001: 0.21
2000: 0.10
1999: 0.07

Gun Deaths from Undetermined Cause

ChartIn California, annual shooting deaths in which the cause remains undecided total

2010: 137
2009: 17
2008: 17
2007: 22
2006: 6
2005: 15
2004: 16
2003: 33
2002: 16
2001: 6
2000: 10
1999: 31

Rate of Gun Death from Undetermined Cause per 100,000 People

ChartIn California, the annual rate of unknown-cause shooting deaths per 100,000 population is

2010: 0.037
2009: 0.05
2008: 0.05
2007: 0.06
2006: 0.02
2005: 0.04
2004: 0.04
2003: 0.09
2002: 0.05
2001: 0.02
2000: 0.03
1999: 0.09

Handgun Deaths from Undetermined Cause

ChartIn California, annual deaths by handgun in which the cause remains undecided total

2010: 0 Suppressed13
2009: 0 Suppressed
2008: 0 Suppressed
2007: 0 Suppressed
2006: 0 Suppressed
2005: 0 Suppressed
2004: 0 Suppressed
2003: 16
2002: 0 Suppressed
2001: 0 Suppressed
2000: 0 Suppressed
1999: 16

Rate of Handgun Death from Undetermined Cause per 100,000 People

ChartIn California, the annual rate of unknown-cause handgun deaths per 100,000 population is

2010: 0.00 Unreliable13
2009: 0.00 Unreliable
2008: 0.00 Unreliable
2007: 0.00 Unreliable
2006: 0.00 Unreliable
2005: 0.00 Unreliable
2004: 0.00 Unreliable
2003: 0.00 Unreliable
2002: 0.00 Unreliable
2001: 0.00 Unreliable
2000: 0.00 Unreliable
1999: 0.00 Unreliable

Long Gun Deaths from Undetermined Cause

ChartIn California, annual deaths by long gun in which the cause remains undecided total

2010: 0 Suppressed13
2009: 0 Suppressed
2008: 0 Suppressed
2007: 0 Suppressed
2006: 0 Suppressed
2005: 0 Suppressed
2004: 0 Suppressed
2003: 0 Suppressed
2002: 0 Suppressed
2001: 0 Suppressed
2000: 0 Suppressed
1999: 0 Suppressed

Rate of Long Gun Death from Undetermined Cause per 100,000 People

ChartIn California, the annual rate of unknown-cause long gun deaths per 100,000 population is

2010: 0.00 Unreliable13
2009: 0.00 Unreliable
2008: 0.00 Unreliable
2007: 0.00 Unreliable
2006: 0.00 Unreliable
2005: 0.00 Unreliable
2004: 0.00 Unreliable
2003: 0.00 Unreliable
2002: 0.00 Unreliable
2001: 0.00 Unreliable
2000: 0.00 Unreliable
1999: 0.00 Unreliable

Gun Deaths (Other) from Undetermined Cause

ChartIn California, annual deaths by firearm (other) in which the cause remains undecided total

2010: 1013
2009: 12
2008: 0 Suppressed
2007: 14
2006: 0 Suppressed
2005: 0 Suppressed
2004: 11
2003: 15
2002: 0 Suppressed
2001: 0 Suppressed
2000: 0 Suppressed
1999: 13

Rate of Gun Death (Other) from Undetermined Cause per 100,000 People

ChartIn California, the annual rate of unknown-cause gun deaths (other) per 100,000 population is

2010: 0.00 Unreliable13
2009: 0.00 Unreliable
2008: 0.00 Unreliable
2007: 0.00 Unreliable
2006: 0.00 Unreliable
2005: 0.00 Unreliable
2004: 0.00 Unreliable
2003: 0.00 Unreliable
2002: 0.00 Unreliable
2001: 0.00 Unreliable
2000: 0.00 Unreliable
1999: 0.00 Unreliable

Justifiable Gun Homicides

ChartIn California, annual legal-intervention gun homicides total

2011: 18918
2010: 166
2009: 185
2008: 17919
2007: 197
2006: 210
2005: 173
2004: 160
2003: 166
2002: 145
2001: 15620
2000: 153
1999: 137
1998: 175
1997: 178
1996: 170
1995: 196

ProductionGun Industry

Regulation of Firearm Makers

In California, the manufacture of small arms, ammunition and/or their components is permitted only if the maker holds a valid licence21 22 23

TransfersGun Trade and Trafficking

Origin of Crime Guns

Suppliers of Crime Guns to Other US States (Rate)

When crime guns seized in the United States were traced, interstate gun traffickers had sourced their weapons from California at a rate of 4.824 per 100,000 inhabitants

Suppliers of Crime Guns to Other US States (Rank)

When crime guns seized in the United States were traced, California ranked at No. 4624 out of 51 US jurisdictions as a source of weapons for interstate gun trafficking

MeasuresGun Regulation

Firearm Regulation – Guiding Policy

The regulation of guns in California is categorised as restrictive25

Firearm Law

Guiding gun control legislation in California includes the Penal Code of California and the Constitution of California 187926

Firearm Regulation Authority

Guns in California are regulated by the Local and State Governments (as long as Local regulations do not conflict with State law)27 28 29

Right to Possess Firearms

In California, the right to private gun ownership is conditionally guaranteed by the US Constitution,30 as limited by federal law.31 State law does not include a similar right.32 28 29

Restricted Firearms and Ammunition

In California, civilians are not allowed to possess machine guns (without a licence and a good cause),33 assault weapons with few exceptions,34 .50 calibre rifles35 and large capacity ammunition magazines36 28 29

Regulation of Automatic Weapons

In California, private possession of fully automatic weapons is prohibited with only narrow exemptions33 37 28 29

Regulation of Semiautomatic Assault Weapons

In California, private possession of semi-automatic assault weapons is prohibited with only narrow exemptions34 28 29

Regulation of Handguns

In California, private possession of handguns (pistols and revolvers) is prohibited with only narrow exemptions34 38 39 40 28 29

Gun Ownership and Possession

In California, non-prohibited persons of minimum age (for long guns)39 and holders of a Handgun Safety Certificate40 28 29 may lawfully acquire, possess or transfer a firearm or ammunition

Genuine Reason Required for Firearm Possession

Gun owners and buyers in California are required to prove genuine reason to possess a machine gun33 28 29 and handguns41

Minimum Age for Firearm Possession

The minimum age for gun ownership in California is 18 years for purchase or supply (no minimum age for rifles and shotguns), and 21 years for handguns42 28 29

Domestic Violence and Firearms

Where a past history, or apprehended likelihood of family violence exists, the law in California stipulates43 28 29 that firearm possession should be denied or revoked

Firearm Safety Training

In California, an understanding of firearm safety and the law, tested in a theoretical and/or practical training course is required for handguns40 28 29

Gun Owner Licensing Period

In California gun owners must re-apply and re-qualify for their firearm licence every two years for a Handgun Safety Certificate44 40 28 29

Firearm Registration

Civilian Gun Registration

In California, the law requires for handguns and assault weapons only45 46 28 29 that a record of the acquisition, possession and transfer of each privately held firearm be retained in an official register

Gun Dealer Record Keeping

In California, licensed firearm dealers are required (for handgun sales only, and extended to all firearms effective 1 January 2014)47 28 29 to keep a record of each firearm or ammunition purchase, sale or transfer on behalf of a regulating authority

Gun Manufacturer Record Keeping

In California, licensed gun makers are required23 28 29 to keep a record of each firearm produced, for inspection by a regulating authority

Gun Sales and Transfers

Background Checks for Private Gun Sales

The buyer of a firearm in a private sale in California is obliged (through a licensed California dealer)48 49 28 29 to pass official background checks before taking possession

Background Checks on Dealer Gun Sales

The buyer of a firearm from a licensed gun dealer in California is obliged48 28 29 to pass official background checks before taking possession

Regulation of Private Gun Sales

In California, the private sale and transfer of firearms is permitted, but only through a licensed California dealer49 28 29

Regulation of Dealer Gun Sales

In California, dealing in firearms by way of business without a valid gun dealer’s licence is unlawful50 28 29

Limit on Gun Dealer Sales

In California, the number and type of firearms which can be sold by a licensed gun dealer to a single gun owner is limited to 1 every 30 days (handguns only)51 49 28 29

Number of Licensed Gun Dealers

The number of licensed firearm dealers in California is reported to be 2011: 7,53552

Waiting Period for Gun Possession

In California, the minimum wait for a lawful firearm purchase to be completed is 10 days53 28 29

Regulation of Gun Shows

In California, gun shows and temporary firearm dealing events are regulated54 28 29 in law

Storage and Transport of Guns and Ammunition

Firearm and Ammunition Storage Regulations – Private

Firearm regulations in California include55 28 29 written specifications for the lawful safe storage of private guns and ammunition

Firearm and Ammunition Storage Regulations – Dealer

Firearm regulations in California include23 50 56 28 29 written specifications for the lawful safe storage of firearms and ammunition by licensed arms dealers

Firearm and Ammunition Transport Regulations

Regulations in California include (for handguns only)57 55 28 29 written specifications for the lawful safe storage of firearms and ammunition while in transit

Marking and Tracing Guns and Ammunition

Firearm Marking

In California, a unique identifying mark on each firearm is required by law23 58 59 6061 62 28 29

Firearm Tracing

In California, state authorities carry out58 28 29 recognised arms tracing and tracking procedures

Ballistic Marking of Firearms and Ammunition

In California, state authorities employ58 28 29 ballistic fingerprinting technology to trace guns and ammunition

Carrying Guns

Carrying Guns Openly in Public

In California, carrying a firearm in plain view in a public place is prohibited for loaded firearms and for unloaded handguns (with few exceptions)63 28 29

Carrying Hidden Handguns in Public

In California, carrying a concealed firearm in a public place is allowed, subject to a valid permit38 28 29

Hidden Handgun Permit May, or Shall Be Issued

In California, local licensing authorities “may issue”, with room for discretion,38 64 2829 a hidden handgun carry permit to any non-prohibited person who applies

Reciprocity for Hidden Handgun Permit Holders

In California, gun owners with a permit to carry hidden handguns issued in another jurisdiction are not granted38 28 29 reciprocal rights

Exempting Hidden Handgun Permit Holders from Background Checks

In California, gun owners with a valid permit to carry a hidden handgun are not exempt38 65 28 29 from background checks when buying from a licensed gun dealer

Gun Free Zones

In California, private guns are prohibited in state or local public buildings, public places or streets, within the sterile area of a public transit facility, polling places,66 vehicles (loaded firearms and exposed handguns)57 and schools67 28 29

Collection, Amnesty and Destruction Programmes

Destruction and Disposal Policy

In California, it is state policy33 28 29 to destroy surplus, collected and seized firearms rather than return them to the secondary arms market

Grading US State Gun Laws

Gun Law Ranking – LCPGV/Brady

In their ‘A-F’ State Scorecard of US gun laws, the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence and the Brady Campaign ranked California as ‘A-’68

Gun Law Ranking – Brady Campaign

ChartIn its annual State Scorecard, the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence scored firearm legislation in California on a scale of 0 points (weak) to 100 points (strong)

2011: 8169
2010: 8070
2009: 7971
2008: 7972
2007: 7973

Gun Law Ranking – Open Society Institute

In its Comparative Survey of State Firearm Laws, the Open Society Institute ranked California at No. 374 among 50 US States

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