Cross Country Road Trip Planning

Hi all, I am planning a cross country with some overlanding and firearms conventions. I have a VA CCW, so I am well enough off until I hit the west coast. From what I can see, my handgun would be alright to carry in my vehicle in CA given I disassemble it and my magazines during my time there. However, I also would be taking a Kalashnikov pattern rifle. Is there a legal way for me to transport it legally for my duration in CA, such as if I disassembled it? I ask because for those that are familiar with the platform, it does not break down like an AR; I can essentially gut it but the receiver, stock and barrel are all still fixed. Thanks!

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Welcome, @Bretton! Why will you be taking a rifle with you? If it’s for hunting this will probably apply:

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Also, check out the USCCA Reciprocity Map for the latest laws and updates from all 50 states:

Does that help?

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This would not be for hunting, but for sponsored shooting events and competitions in adjacent states. Would be nice to travel through California while I’m so close to the coast, but would not have the intention of using the firearms while in California.

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It is hard to keep up with CA laws so take any advice, including advice from CA law enforcement with a grain of salt and travel at your own risk. I don’t think you can bring even a disassembled AK or AR into CA unless it is made CA compliant. In the past I think you could travel through CA with “high” capacity magazines if they were “disassembled”. Not sure if that is still the case.

Your handgun would not need to be disassembled. Just stored in a locked case. Not the glove box or center console and without a magazine in the mag well or round in the chamber.

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