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5/23/08 6:06 PM
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yasonf
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I have a friend who is a LEO in CA.  A couple of months ago, he bought (through gunbroker or some other online auction) a revolver which is not legal to own in CA unless you are a LEO.  The transaction went smoothly and transfer to CA was fine until a couple of days ago when his transfer agent here in CA said that he needed a signature or something from his C/O stating that he was going to carry it as a on-duty weapon in order to own it or something like that (obviously he is not going to carry a 30 year old revolver as a duty weapon).  I told him he didn't need to do that based on this (right?):

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http://ag.ca.gov/firearms/exemptpo.php

Effective immediately, peace officers who have legislative authority to carry and use firearms may, without a letter signed by the head of their agency or the agency head's designee, purchase non-rostered handguns and/or large capacity magazines. The peace officer must present a valid peace officer identification card and the dealer must retain a copy of the identification card on file. (PC 12132 & 12133). A letter is still required from the head of the agency to exempt the peace officer from the ten day waiting period. (PC 12078).

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Am I right?  Or is illegal for him to own this without a letter?

5/31/08 8:10 AM
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Maloverde
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Edited: 05/31/08 8:12 AM
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 Laws are usually black and white.  By the letter you are correct that he can purchase and own it without an agency letter.  Having a letter would only allow him to bypass the 10 day waiting period.  However, without the mention of being allowed to actually carry it would make me look into it further.   To simply have it at home as a collector's piece should not be an issue.

 

6/2/08 7:30 PM
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yasonf
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Thanks.  That is exactly what I thought.  My buddy isn't going to carry the .44 mag revolver (dirty harry) as his duty weapon over his glock 21.  He just wanted it as a collectors item, and thus doesn't need the letter from his C/O.  Thanks for the response.


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