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Old 07-17-2008, 09:31 AM   #1
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I'm turning 18 in 8 months, will I still be able to buy a gun (AR-15/870) in California, or America for that matter?


Alaska is looking good right about now.

Or Mexico. I can at least use it there.





Also, a consistent observation of a trend on the forum is:
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Notice I mentioned the entire subject in the title. AR-15 Legality in California.

The object, the problem, the place.

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Old 07-17-2008, 10:06 AM   #2
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I'm turning 18 in 8 months, will I still be able to buy a gun (AR-15/870) in California, or America for that matter?
According to this site, you may need a permit to own one, but it should be possible. I am not sure what limitations might be imposed. In New York, we can't have a bayonet lug, collapsible stock, threaded barrel, grenade launcher or flash hider if it was made after September of '96. Go to the site above, click on California and read through the PDF.

You should also call your local law enforcement. Even though something may be legal to own in parts of the state, it may be illegal in a particular local (like inside city bounds).
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Alaska is looking good right about now.
After looking at this chart showing the cost of government by state, Alaska comes out the cheapest (lowest overall burden). So, hell yes, Alaska is looking pretty good.

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Or Mexico. I can at least use it there.
Seems to me you will need to use it there pretty often. I'll pass on the third-world cesspools, thanks.
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Hope this helps you as much as it did me: http://calguns.net/a_california_arak.htm

You can get 'off the books' receivers and use either a Prince 50 or Bullet Button mag release and a 10 round magazine. With that setup, you can have what ever features you want on the upper. When you go to a gun friendly state, you change the mag release out and can run 30 magazines that work the way they're intended to work.

It takes about 2 minutes to change out a magazine release and its a $10 part.

You have to be 21 now to buy firearms in California.

An AR-15/M870 combo is illegal in Cali because it's a destructive device. You can get them in other states as an SBS though.

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Hope this helps you as much as it did me: http://calguns.net/a_california_arak.htm

You can get 'off the books' receivers and use either a Prince 50 or Bullet Button mag release and a 10 round magazine. With that setup, you can have what ever features you want on the upper. When you go to a gun friendly state, you change the mag release out and can run 30 magazines that work the way they're intended to work.

It takes about 2 minutes to change out a magazine release and its a $10 part.

You have to be 21 now to buy firearms in California.

An AR-15/M870 combo is illegal in Cali because it's a destructive device. You can get them in other states as an SBS though.
I meant that I will be buying an AR-15 first, and then a Remington 870 later.


I never liked the "Master key" set up.

When did the law change to 21?

What about possession of firearms?
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18 to buy rifles and shotguns, 21 to buy handguns and assault weapons. With the tool style mag release and 10 round magazine, I don't know which the AR would fall under.

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18 to buy rifles and shotguns, 21 to buy handguns and assault weapons. With the tool style mag release and 10 round magazine, I don't know which the AR would fall under.
Okay. I knew about the handguns being 21, but I don't think a AR that meets the standards of a non-assault-weapon rifle is 21. I'll check with local LE, and the local gun store.



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Okay. I knew about the handguns being 21, but I don't think a AR that meets the standards of a non-assault-weapon rifle is 21. I'll check with local LE, and the local gun store.



Thanks for the help.
I'm getting ready to get a few stripped receivers myself. Keep me posted on your build up.
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