Not a whole lot here:
So, if you are traveling to California, what do you need to be aware of? California generally forbids non-residents from carrying a firearm outside their domicile. California does, however, allow you to transport a firearm between domiciles and to the range for target practice. Simply explained, a domicile is the place that you are staying, whether it’s at a family member or friend’s house, a hotel, a bed and breakfast, or a motel. When not traveling or driving on the roads of California, an RV can also be your domicile.
My experience on Q&A with my trainers (former police officers and a California Dept. of Justice Firearms Instructor and a Concealed Carry Weapons (CCW) Instructor for California):
The weapon should be in a separate locked container where the passengers can not easily access it. This usually means the trunk. The officer(s) highly recommend the ammo is as far away from the weapon as possible. They prefer to see the ammo in a separate locked container.
This means, I lock my weapon in a container in the trunk, and I lock my ammo in another container in the passenger compartment.
BE SURE THE CHAMBER IS EMPTY!!!
I think YOU WILL BE ARRESTED if there is even ONE ROUND in the same locked box as the weapon. Even if it is not in the weapon.
I think you would want a copy of your lawful ownership documentation on the weapon(s) with you.
- The magazines can be loaded outside the weapon. The officer prefer it is locked separately.
- A locked container can include a bag that you can lock the opening with a container. I think the officer will probably not be very happy about it though. I usually have my weapon in a steel cased small lockable container.
- This is a difficult to answer, so I am not sure. It seems if you are not here longer than 60 days, you’ll be OK. I wouldn’t want to give the officers any reason to confiscate your weapons tho.
- Officers prefer the ammo as far away from the weapon(s) as possible.
When you do get pulled over almost every officer asks something along the lines of,
Do you have any weapons, knives, guns, grenades or dead bodies in the car?
This is a double test. I am not sure if you are legally bound to answer truthfully, but I think it is in your best interest that you do. (hence the paperwork reference above). The second part of this tends to determine your cognitive response (if your drunk, on drugs, extremely nervous). I think they expect a slight laugh (grenades? dead bodies?).
It’s probably more about your reaction, truthfulness and compliance. Most officers, if you give respect and truthfulness, you get respect.
I hear Los Angeles area is WAY more strict, but I don’t have personal experience with officers there in LONG time.
I think if an officer isn’t happy with your answers or compliance, they may confiscate the gun until they can determine if it is not stolen, and/or if you are a legally carry firearms owner. The confiscation could be minutes, or days.
I am not a lawyer, or an officer, this is not legal advise. This is what I would do, if I were you.
Lastly, instead of carrying, perhaps rent the weapons at the range.