You may transport a concealable firearm in your vehicle if you are not a person prohibited from owning or possessing a firearm. It must be unloaded, no bullets or loaded magazine in the weapon and it must be in a locked gun case unless you have a “concealed weapon” permit that allows you to carry the weapon. The gun should be legal and registered. If the gun is loaded or in an unlocked case, or not in a case it will be confiscated and you will be cited or arrested for illegal possession of a concealable firearm.
This charge carries up to 12 months custody, $ 1000 fine and destruction of the handgun. Every case is different and every individual is different. The resolution of these cases depends on a number of factors like why you had the handgun loaded or not in a locked case, your background, your training, your employment, whether drugs or alcohol ar also involved. Even if you are arrested or cited for the violations concerning a concealable firearm there are a number of factors which can help get the charges dismissed, reduced or penalties minimized. The reason for the stop or initial contact is also important.
If you have been arrested or cited for possession of an illegal weapon, give Nicholas or William Christoph a call for a free consultation at 760-670-3885. For over thirty years, Christoph Law Offices have been located directly across from the Vista Courts dealing exclusively with Criminal Defense. We have handled hundreds of weapons cases and know how to help you get the best resolution in your case.