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“I’m Driving From Texas To California And Have My CHL. Can I Bring My Gun With Me To CA?” HA! LOLZZZZZZ


While I’m not laughing at the reader who sent in this question, I am laughing at the ridiculousness of California gun laws, and how they treat visitors (not to mention their own residents).

Here’s what reader Chrissy asked:

Guys and gals, I am going on a long trip from Texas to California, I have a CHL, can I bring my gun if I’m diving.

The sad reality is this: California does not recognize concealed carry permits from any other state. At all. Ever. Done. Sorry, SOL.

All of that RED you see in the image above are the states that California doesn’t play well with when it comes to concealed carry permits. It’s like the whole country died.

The bottom line is this: If you want to make it out of California after your road trip, leave the firearms at home. Hopefully on your ventures, you won’t need them. In the end, though, California doesn’t care if you’ll need them or not.

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Brandon is the founder of Concealed Nation and is an avid firearm enthusiast, with a particular interest in responsible concealed carry. His EDC is a Glock 27 that holds Hornady…

Brandon is the founder of Concealed Nation and is an avid firearm enthusiast, with a particular interest in responsible concealed carry. His EDC is a Glock 27 that holds Hornady 165 gr FTX Critical Defense rounds, and rides comfortably in an Alien Gear Cloak Tuck 3.0 holster.

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  • Kevin Riley

    Bottom line is her CHL instructor didn’t teach her well or she does not know how to use her computer well enough to google “state gun laws” or “CHL reciprocity”. Also the TX DPS website for CHLs has a link to questions like this.

    • Chrissy Whitacre

      It’s been a while, and I thought asking this question to conceal nation I would get a good answer, but as usual someone has to be negative, so thanks.

      • dragos111

        There is no such thing as a dumb question. Get your info any way you can.

      • Don

        Have a smart phone? Get a free app called Legal Heat. I use it when traveling to look up the laws per state. It updates regularly to keep current.

      • Tim Woods

        Kevin Riley is obviously a doodoohead. Ignore him promptly and ask any questions you want. He isn’t the boss of you.

    • clay

      So you have to be an ass about it?

  • Chris

    Bringing a gun into CA isn’t a problem as long as it isn’t on the banned list (anything that shoots 410 or has a threaded barrel) just know the laws regarding transportation ie: if gun needs to be locked and separate from ammo for each state you pass through including CA

    However for CA you will not be able to carry on your person as they don’t have reciprocity from any other state. That’s not to say you should leave the gun at home entirely however.

  • Garrett

    Short answer: yes she can bring the gun. But once in CA she needs to lock it up in a n approved case, unloaded in the vehicle. Never conceal Carey it here in CA. If caught you may as well kiss the gun good bye.

    • hedgehog

      well that isn’t entirely true either because some handguns are extra scary and not allowed in CA even if locked up appropriately…especially if you have one of those magazines that carry more rounds than a liberal believes necessary for civilian use.

      • Garrett

        True, I forget sometimes that the rest of the state’s are free and get to pick mags that hold more then 10. Or can have an automatic or shotgun pistol line the Taurus judge. Both of which are barred in CA.

  • Cisco

    If somebody could just figure out how to get the people of CA. to stop voting for all those damn left wing pansy liberals, the problem could be solved.

    • Mark McCormack

      It probably has something to do with their Thetan levels.

  • Ccorn

    Read the question again, she didn’t ask if she could carry concealed. She asked if she could bring it. If it is a California “approved” firearm then yes, she can bring it. Just follow California laws as to storage and magazine capacity. Believe it or not, we do have guns in California, legal ones even!!

  • Ccorn

    As for the comment “kiss your gun goodbye”. If caught carrying concealed, what a moron. The penalty is a misdemeanor. It’s worse to be caught with your pocket knife concealed in your pocket (a felony) then your gun (a misdemeanor). Yes California laws are stupid.

    • Garrett

      There are law enforcement departments that will sooner destroy your gun then return it to you and go to court or “lose” the records to release it to you. So no im not a moron, just a resident of this draconian state.

  • Ernie Kampmann

    Just don’t go to the shithole state to begin with. Problem solved.

  • Massolo

    Have you ever watched Americas Most Wanted, and at the end John says they are thought to be heading to California? The reason for that is because all Californians are easy prey, as they can’t defend themselves in public. If at all possible, stay away from there if you can.