Firearms Offenses


Due to the dangerous nature of firearms and other weapons, there are very strict laws in California regarding their possession, sale, purchase, transportation, and use. These laws are meant to discourage violent crimes and aggravated offenses that often involve the display or use of firearms. Since firearms are dangerous tools, violation of firearm laws could incur serious penalties. Below are a few of those laws as described in the California Penal Code:

  • Possession: Anyone convicted of a felony, convicted of violent use of a firearm (§ 23515), or who is addicted to any narcotic drug is prohibited from possessing a firearm (§ 29800).
  • Sale / Purchase: A person must be licensed according to § 26700 in order to sell, lease, or transfer firearms. Violation of this law is a misdemeanor, according to § 26500. A person must be over 21 years old to purchase a firearm per § 27505.
  • Transportation: As stated in the section above, it is illegal to transfer firearms without a license. Even if you legally own a firearm, § 25850 states that carrying a loaded handgun in public is a misdemeanor, unless it involves the commission of a crime, which would make it a felony. Carrying an exposed, unloaded handgun in public also is a misdemeanor. In general, one should transport their firearms unloaded and in closed, identifiable cases. In vehicles, they should be placed in the trunk or back seat.
  • Use: Willfully discharging a firearm in a reckless or negligent manner is illegal under § 246.3 of the Penal Code. This violation could be sentenced as a misdemeanor and result in up to one year in jail or be classified as a felony and result in 16 months to 3 years in prison.


If you have been charged with committing a firearm offense, you could face time in jail or prison unless you fight your charges with the representation of a skilled attorney. Without legal counsel and assistance, you may be wrongfully convicted. Don't hesitate to contact a Ventura County criminal defense lawyer right away if you've been arrested for a weapons offense of any kind.

Ridley Defense has handled thousands of cases and could aggressively defend you from a wrongful conviction in Ventura County, Santa Barbara County, L.A. County, and Southern California. Attorney Ridley has five years of experience as a former deputy district attorney and has a detailed understanding of prosecution strategies. Contact us now to learn what our criminal defense firm could do to defend you from false charges of a firearm offense.