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Proportion of Adults Living in a Home With a Gun

ChartIn California, the percentage of adults living in a household with a firearm is reported to be

2004: 20.0%1
2002: 19.5%2
2001: 21.3%3

Proportion of Households with Firearms

In California, the percentage of households with one or more guns is reported to be

2004: 33.26%4

Proportion of Households with Firearms by Decade

ChartIn California, the percentage of households with one or more guns is estimated to be

2001/2010: 42.0%5 6
1991/2000: 51.5%
1981/1990: 53.0%

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Total Number of Gun Deaths

ChartIn California, annual deaths resulting from firearms total

2017: 3,1847
2016: 3,1847
2015: 3,095
2014: 2,9428
2013: 3,026
2012: 3,068
2011: 3,004
2010: 2,935
2009: 3,094
2008: 3,171
2007: 3,268
2006: 3,363
2005: 3,453
2004: 3,316
2003: 3,468
2002: 3,410
2001: 3,200
2000: 3,108
1999: 3,054

Rate of All Gun Deaths per 100,000 People

ChartIn California, the annual rate of all gun deaths per 100,000 population is

2017: 8.057
2016: 8.11
2015: 7.91
2014: 7.58
2013: 7.89
2012: 8.06
2011: 7.97
2010: 7.88
2009: 8.37
2008: 8.66
2007: 9.02
2006: 9.34
2005: 9.64
2004: 9.32
2003: 9.84
2002: 9.78
2001: 9.28
2000: 9.18
1999: 9.12

Total Number of Male Gun Deaths

ChartIn California, annual male deaths resulting from firearms total

2017: 2,8067
2016: 2,8217
2015: 2,757
2014: 2,599
2013: 2,671
2012: 2,723
2011: 2,643
2010: 2,583
2009: 2,758
2008: 2,813

Rate of Male Gun Death per 100,000 People

ChartIn California, the annual rate of male gun death per 100,000 population is

2017: 14.287
2016: 14.47
2015: 14.18
2014: 13.49
2013: 14.01
2012: 14.39
2011: 14.10
2010: 13.95
2009: 15.01
2008: 15.45

Total Number of Female Gun Deaths

ChartIn California, annual female deaths resulting from firearms total

2017: 3787
2016: 3637
2015: 338
2014: 343
2013: 355
2012: 345
2011: 361
2010: 352
2009: 336
2008: 358

Rate of Female Gun Death per 100,000 People

ChartIn California, the annual rate of female gun death per 100,000 population is

2017: 1.907
2016: 1.84
2015: 1.72
2014: 1.76
2013: 1.84
2012: 1.80
2011: 1.91
2010: 1.88
2009: 1.81
2008: 1.95

Homicides (any method)

ChartIn California, annual homicides by any means total

2017: 1,9817
2016: 2,0357
2015: 1,961
2014: 1,770
2013: 1,843
2012: 1,963
2011: 1,875
2010: 1,905
2009: 2,078
2008: 2,213
2007: 2,376
2006: 2,616
2005: 2,540
2004: 2,490
2003: 2,487
2002: 2,485
2001: 2,223
2000: 2,064
1999: 2,066

Rate of Homicide per 100,000 People (any method)

ChartIn California, the annual rate of homicide by any means per 100,000 population is

2017: 5.017
2016: 5.18
2015: 5.01
2014: 4.56
2013: 4.81
2012: 5.16
2011: 4.97
2010: 5.11
2009: 5.62
2008: 6.05
2007: 6.55
2006: 7.26
2005: 7.09
2004: 7.00
2003: 7.05
2002: 7.13
2001: 6.45
2000: 6.09
1999: 6.17

Male Homicide Victims (any method)

ChartIn California, annual male homicides by any means total

2017: 1,6027
2016: 1,7067
2015: 1,653
2014: 1,473
2013: 1,534
2012: 1,625
2011: 1,539
2010: 1,549
2009: 1,733
2008: 1,829

Rate of Male Homicide per 100,000 People (any method)

ChartIn California, the annual rate of male homicide by any means per 100,000 population is

2017: 8.157
2016: 8.75
2015: 8.50
2014: 7.64
2013: 8.05
2012: 8.59
2011: 8.21
2010: 8.36
2009: 9.43
2008: 10.05

Female Homicide Victims (any method)

ChartIn California, annual female homicides by any means total

2017: 3797
2016: 3297
2015: 308
2014: 297
2013: 309
2012: 338
2011: 336
2010: 356
2009: 345
2008: 384

Rate of Female Homicide per 100,000 People (any method)

ChartIn California, the annual rate of female homicide by any means per 100,000 population is

2017: 1.917
2016: 1.67
2015: 1.56
2014: 1.52
2013: 1.60
2012: 1.77
2011: 1.77
2010: 1.90
2009: 1.86
2008: 2.09

Gun Homicides

ChartIn California, annual firearm homicides total

2017: 1,4357
2016: 1,4677
2015: 1,396
2014: 1,233
2013: 1,3128
2012: 1,362
2011: 1,314
2010: 1,342
2009: 1,460
2008: 1,569
2007: 1,701
2006: 1,883
2005: 1,878
2004: 1,808
2003: 1,782
2002: 1,810
2001: 1,589
2000: 1,483
1999: 1,380

Rate of Gun Homicide per 100,000 People

ChartIn California, the annual rate of firearm homicide per 100,000 population is

2017: 3.637
2016: 3.74
2015: 3.57
2014: 3.18
2013: 3.42
2012: 3.58
2011: 3.49
2010: 3.60
2009: 3.95
2008: 4.29
2007: 4.69
2006: 5.23
2005: 5.24
2004: 5.08
2003: 5.05
2002: 5.19
2001: 4.61
2000: 4.38
1999: 4.12

Male Gun Homicide Victims

ChartIn California, annual male firearm homicides total

2017: 1,2097
2016: 1,2947
2015: 1,233
2014: 1,090
2013: 1,154
2012: 1,199
2011: 1,142
2010: 1,171
2009: 1,301
2008: 1,381

Rate of Male Gun Homicide per 100,000 People

ChartIn California, the annual rate of male firearm homicide per 100,000 population is

2017: 6.157
2016: 6.64
2015: 6.34
2014: 5.66
2013: 6.05
2012: 6.34
2011: 6.09
2010: 6.32
2009: 7.08
2008: 7.58

Female Gun Homicide Victims

ChartIn California, annual female firearm homicides total

2017: 2267
2016: 1737
2015: 163
2014: 143
2013: 158
2012: 163
2011: 172
2010: 171
2009: 159
2008: 188

Rate of Female Gun Homicide per 100,000 People

ChartIn California, the annual rate of female firearm homicide per 100,000 population is

2017: 1.147
2016: 0.88
2015: 0.83
2014: 0.73
2013: 0.82
2012: 0.85
2011: 0.91
2010: 0.91
2009: 0.86
2008: 1.02

Handgun Homicides

ChartIn California, according to figures9 from the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), annual handgun homicides total

2017: 88610 11
2016: 930
2015: 855
2014: 763
2013: 805
2012: 899
2011: 866
2010: 953
2009: 1,022
2008: 1,156
2007: 1,374
2006: 1,623
2005: 1,493
2004: 1,442
2003: 1,558
2002: 1,554
2001: 1,342
2000: 1,247
1999: 1,150
1998: 1,316
1997: 1,631
1996: 1,872
1995: 2,288

Rate of Handgun Homicide per 100,000 People

ChartIn California, according to figures12 from the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the annual rate of handgun homicide per 100,000 population is

2017: 2.2413
2016: 2.37
2015: 2.19
2014: 1.97
2013: 2.10
2012: 2.36
2011: 2.30
2010: 2.55
2009: 2.77
2008: 3.16
2007: 3.79
2006: 4.51
2005: 4.17
2004: 4.05
2003: 4.42
2002: 4.46
2001: 3.89
2000: 3.67
1999: 3.43
1998: 3.99
1997: 5.02
1996: 5.85
1995: 7.22

Handgun Homicides (CDC)

ChartIn California, according to Centers for Disease Control (CDC) figures, annual handgun homicides total

2017: 2467
2016: 2437
2015: 226
2014: 195
2013: 2327 11
2012: 205
2011: 232
2010: 261
2009: 297
2008: 299
2007: 275
2006: 341
2005: 310
2004: 285
2003: 314
2002: 320
2001: 288
2000: 290
1999: 267

Rate of Handgun Homicide per 100,000 People (CDC)

ChartIn California, according to Centers for Disease Control (CDC) figures, the annual rate of handgun homicide per 100,000 population is

2017: 0.627
2016: 0.62
2015: 0.58
2014: 0.50
2013: 0.61
2012: 0.54
2011: 0.62
2010: 0.70
2009: 0.80
2008: 0.82
2007: 0.76
2006: 0.95
2005: 0.87
2004: 0.80
2003: 0.89
2002: 0.92
2001: 0.84
2000: 0.86
1999: 0.80

Male Handgun Homicide Victims (CDC)

ChartIn California, according to Centers for Disease Control (CDC) figures, annual male handgun homicides total

2017: 2137
2016: 2147
2015: 203
2014: 167
2013: 195
2012: 173
2011: 192
2010: 217
2009: 253
2008: 254

Rate of Male Handgun Homicide per 100,000 People (CDC)

ChartIn California, according to Centers for Disease Control (CDC) figures, the annual rate of male handgun homicide per 100,000 population is

2017: 1.087
2016: 1.10
2015: 1.04
2014: 0.87
2013: 1.02
2012: 0.91
2011: 1.02
2010: 1.17
2009: 1.38
2008: 1.40

Female Handgun Homicide Victims (CDC)

ChartIn California, according to Centers for Disease Control (CDC) figures, annual female handgun homicides total

2017: 337
2016: 297
2015: 23
2014: 28
2013: 37
2012: 32
2011: 40
2010: 44
2009: 44
2008: 45

Rate of Female Handgun Homicide per 100,000 People (CDC)

ChartIn California, according to Centers for Disease Control (CDC) figures, the annual rate of female handgun homicide per 100,000 population is

2017: 0.177
2016: 0.15
2015: 0.12
2014: 0.14
2013: 0.19
2012: 0.17
2011: 0.21
2010: 0.23
2009: 0.24
2008: 0.24

Long Gun Homicides

ChartIn California, according to figures14 from the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), annual long gun homicides total

2017: 7110 11
2016: 73
2015: 67
2014: 83
2013: 77
2012: 90
2011: 95
2010: 103
2009: 94
2008: 112
2007: 125
2006: 143
2005: 159
2004: 144
2003: 117
2002: 142
2001: 135
2000: 123
1999: 126
1998: 146
1997: 186
1996: 181
1995: 265

Rate of Long Gun Homicide per 100,000 People

ChartIn California, according to figures15 from the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the annual rate of long gun homicide per 100,000 population is

2017: 0.1813
2016: 0.19
2015: 0.17
2014: 0.21
2013: 0.20
2012: 0.24
2011: 0.25
2010: 0.28
2009: 0.25
2008: 0.31
2007: 0.34
2006: 0.40
2005: 0.44
2004: 0.40
2003: 0.33
2002: 0.41
2001: 0.39
2000: 0.36
1999: 0.38
1998: 0.44
1997: 0.57
1996: 0.57
1995: 0.84

Long Gun Homicides (CDC)

ChartIn California, according to Centers for Disease Control (CDC) figures, annual long gun homicides total

2017: 517
2016: 697
2015: 55
2014: 53
2013: 58
2012: 68
2011: 64
2010: 70
2009: 66
2008: 91
2007: 93
2006: 99
2005: 105
2004: 98
2003: 73
2002: 95
2001: 71
2000: 67
1999: 66

Rate of Long Gun Homicide per 100,000 People (CDC)

ChartIn California, according to Centers for Disease Control (CDC) figures, the annual rate of long gun homicide per 100,000 population is

2017: 0.137
2016: 0.18
2015: 0.14
2014: 0.14
2013: 0.15
2012: 0.18
2011: 0.17
2010: 0.19
2009: 0.18
2008: 0.25
2007: 0.26
2006: 0.27
2005: 0.29
2004: 0.28
2003: 0.21
2002: 0.27
2001: 0.21
2000: 0.20
1999: 0.20

Male Long Gun Homicide Victims (CDC)

ChartIn California, according to Centers for Disease Control (CDC) figures, annual male long gun homicides total

2017: 407
2016: 587
2015: 44
2014: 42
2013: 49
2012: 57
2011: 43
2010: 57
2009: 56
2008: 76

Rate of Male Long Gun Homicide per 100,000 People (CDC)

ChartIn California, according to Centers for Disease Control (CDC) figures, the annual rate of male long gun homicide per 100,000 population is

2017: 0.207
2016: 0.30
2015: 0.23
2014: 0.22
2013: 0.26
2012: 0.30
2011: 0.23
2010: 0.31
2009: 0.30
2008: 0.42

Female Long Gun Homicide Victims (CDC)

ChartIn California, according to Centers for Disease Control (CDC) figures, annual female long gun homicides total

2017: 117
2016: 117
2015: 11
2014: 11
2013: 9
2012: 11
2011: 21
2010: 13
2009: 10
2008: 15

Rate of Female Long Gun Homicide per 100,000 People (CDC)

ChartIn California, according to Centers for Disease Control (CDC) figures, the annual rate of female long gun homicide per 100,000 population is

2017: 0.067
2016: 0.06
2015: 0.06
2014: 0.06
2013: 0.05
2012: 0.06
2011: 0.11
2010: 0.07
2009: 0.05
2008: 0.08

Gun Homicides (Other)

ChartIn California, according to figures16 from the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), annual firearm homicides (other) total

2017: 31710 17
2016: 365
2015: 353
2014: 323
2013: 342
2012: 315
2011: 259
2010: 201
2009: 244
2008: 219
2007: 106
2006: 56
2005: 193
2004: 138
2003: 52
2002: 41
2001: 93
2000: 78
1999: 62
1998: 7
1997: 15
1996: 8
1995: 40

Rate of Gun Homicide (Other) per 100,000 People

ChartIn California, according to figures18 from the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the annual rate of firearm homicide (other) per 100,000 population is

2017: 0.8013
2016: 0.93
2015: 0.90
2014: 0.83
2013: 0.89
2012: 2.86
2011: 2.70
2010: 2.71
2009: 2.97
2008: 3.22
2007: 0.29
2006: 0.16
2005: 0.54
2004: 0.39
2003: 0.15
2002: 0.12
2001: 0.27
2000: 0.23
1999: 0.19
1998: 0.02
1997: 0.05
1996: 0.02
1995: 0.13

Gun Homicides (Other) (CDC)

ChartIn California, according to Centers for Disease Control (CDC) figures, annual firearm homicides (other) total

2017: 1,1387
2016: 1,1557
2015: 1,115
2014: 985
2013: 1,0227 11
2012: 1,089
2011: 1,018
2010: 1,011
2009: 1,097
2008: 1,179
2007: 1,333
2006: 1,443
2005: 1,463
2004: 1,425
2003: 1,395
2002: 1,395
2001: 1,230
2000: 1,126
1999: 1,047

Rate of Gun Homicide (Other) per 100,000 People (CDC)

ChartIn California, according to Centers for Disease Control (CDC) figures, the annual rate of firearm homicide (other) per 100,000 population is

2017: 2.887
2016: 2.94
2015: 2.85
2014: 2.54
2013: 2.67
2012: 2.86
2011: 2.70
2010: 2.71
2009: 2.97
2008: 3.22
2007: 3.68
2006: 4.01
2005: 4.08
2004: 4.01
2003: 3.96
2002: 4.00
2001: 3.57
2000: 3.32
1999: 3.13

Male Gun Homicide Victims (Other) (CDC)

ChartIn California, according to Centers for Disease Control (CDC) figures, annual male firearm homicides (other) total

2017: 9567
2016: 1,0227
2015: 986
2014: 881
2013: 910
2012: 969
2011: 907
2010: 897
2009: 992
2008: 1,051

Rate of Male Gun Homicide (Other) per 100,000 People (CDC)

ChartIn California, according to Centers for Disease Control (CDC) figures, the annual rate of male firearm homicides (other) per 100,000 population is

2017: 4.877
2016: 5.24
2015: 5.07
2014: 4.57
2013: 4.77
2012: 5.12
2011: 4.84
2010: 4.84
2009: 5.40
2008: 5.77

Female Gun Homicide Victims (Other) (CDC)

ChartIn California, according to Centers for Disease Control (CDC) figures, annual female firearm homicides (other) total

2017: 1827
2016: 1337
2015: 129
2014: 104
2013: 112
2012: 120
2011: 111
2010: 114
2009: 105
2008: 128

Rate of Female Gun Homicide (Other) per 100,000 People (CDC)

ChartIn California, according to Centers for Disease Control (CDC) figures, the annual rate of female firearm homicides (other) per 100,000 population is

2017: 0.927
2016: 0.67
2015: 0.65
2014: 0.53
2013: 0.58
2012: 0.63
2011: 0.59
2010: 0.61
2009: 0.57
2008: 0.70

Suicides (any method)

ChartIn California, annual suicides by any means total

2017: 4,3007
2016: 4,2777
2015: 4,165
2014: 4,205
2013: 4,012
2012: 3,887
2011: 3,990
2010: 3,904
2009: 3,810
2008: 3,765
2007: 3,602
2006: 3,334
2005: 3,206
2004: 3,368
2003: 3,397
2002: 3,228
2001: 2,831
2000: 2,969
1999: 3,077

Rate of Suicide per 100,000 People (any method)

ChartIn California, the annual rate of suicide by any means per 100,000 population is

2017: 10.887
2016: 10.90
2015: 10.64
2014: 10.84
2013: 10.47
2012: 10.22
2011: 10.59
2010: 10.48
2009: 10.31
2008: 10.29
2007: 9.94
2006: 9.26
2005: 8.95
2004: 9.47
2003: 9.64
2002: 9.26
2001: 8.21
2000: 8.77
1999: 9.19

Male Suicide Victims (any method)

ChartIn California, annual male suicides by any means total

2017: 3,3457
2016: 3,2857
2015: 3,173
2014: 3,228
2013: 3,075
2012: 3,042
2011: 3,039
2010: 3,022
2009: 2,901
2008: 2,889

Rate of Male Suicide per 100,000 People (any method)

ChartIn California, the annual rate of male suicide by any means per 100,000 population is

2017: 17.037
2016: 16.85
2015: 16.32
2014: 16.75
2013: 16.13
2012: 16.08
2011: 16.21
2010: 16.32
2009: 15.79
2008: 15.87

Female Suicide Victims (any method)

ChartIn California, annual female suicides by any means total

2017: 9557
2016: 9927
2015: 992
2014: 977
2013: 937
2012: 845
2011: 951
2010: 882
2009: 909
2008: 876

Rate of Female Suicide per 100,000 People (any method)

ChartIn California, the annual rate of female suicide by any means per 100,000 population is

2017: 4.807
2016: 5.02
2015: 5.04
2014: 5
2013: 4.86
2012: 4.42
2011: 5.02
2010: 4.71
2009: 4.89
2008: 4.76

Gun Suicides

ChartIn California, annual firearm suicides total

2017: 1,6107
2016: 1,5957
2015: 1,559
2014: 1,582
2013: 1,5718
2012: 1,549
2011: 1,564
2010: 1,492
2009: 1,519
2008: 1,478
2007: 1,422
2006: 1,319
2005: 1,329
2004: 1,366
2003: 1,505
2002: 1,490
2001: 1,450
2000: 1,487
1999: 1,532

Rate of Gun Suicide per 100,000 People

ChartIn California, the annual rate of firearm suicide per 100,000 population is

2017: 4.077
2016: 4.06
2015: 3.98
2014: 4.08
2013: 4.10
2012: 4.07
2011: 4.15
2010: 4
2009: 4.11
2008: 4.04
2007: 3.92
2006: 3.66
2005: 3.71
2004: 3.84
2003: 4.27
2002: 4.27
2001: 4.21
2000: 4.39
1999: 4.57

Male Gun Suicide Victims

ChartIn California, annual male firearm suicides total

2017: 1,4647
2016: 1,4137
2015: 1,396
2014: 1,394
2013: 1,382
2012: 1,374
2011: 1,384
2010: 1,315
2009: 1,352
2008: 1,322

Rate of Male Gun Suicide per 100,000 People

ChartIn California, the annual rate of male firearm suicide per 100,000 population is

2017: 7.457
2016: 7.25
2015: 7.18
2014: 7.23
2013: 7.25
2012: 7.26
2011: 7.38
2010: 7.10
2009: 7.36
2008: 7.26

Female Gun Suicide Victims

ChartIn California, annual female firearm suicides total

2017: 1467
2016: 1827
2015: 163
2014: 188
2013: 189
2012: 175
2011: 180
2010: 177
2009: 167
2008: 156

Rate of Female Gun Suicide per 100,000 People

ChartIn California, the annual rate of female firearm suicide per 100,000 population is

2017: 0.737
2016: 0.92
2015: 0.83
2014: 0.96
2013: 0.98
2012: 0.92
2011: 0.95
2010: 0.94
2009: 0.90
2008: 0.85

Handgun Suicides

ChartIn California, annual handgun suicides total

2017: 8067
2016: 8707
2015: 819
2014: 844
2013: 8767
2012: 866
2011: 844
2010: 822
2009: 822
2008: 795
2007: 713
2006: 698
2005: 717
2004: 736
2003: 822
2002: 847
2001: 793
2000: 808
1999: 744

Rate of Handgun Suicide per 100,000 People

ChartIn California, the annual rate of handgun suicide per 100,000 population is

2017: 2.047
2016: 2.22
2015: 2.09
2014: 2.18
2013: 2.29
2012: 2.28
2011: 2.24
2010: 2.21
2009: 2.22
2008: 2.17
2007: 1.97
2006: 1.94
2005: 2.00
2004: 2.07
2003: 2.33
2002: 2.43
2001: 2.30
2000: 2.39
1999: 2.22

Male Handgun Suicide Victims

ChartIn California, annual male handgun suicides total

2017: 7227
2016: 7607
2015: 726
2014: 737
2013: 748
2012: 757
2011: 739
2010: 707
2009: 713
2008: 700

Rate of Male Handgun Suicide per 100,000 People

ChartIn California, the annual rate of male handgun suicide per 100,000 population is

2017: 3.677
2016: 3.90
2015: 3.73
2014: 3.82
2013: 3.92
2012: 4
2011: 3.94
2010: 3.82
2009: 3.88
2008: 3.84

Female Handgun Suicide Victims

ChartIn California, annual female handgun suicides total

2017: 847
2016: 1107
2015: 93
2014: 107
2013: 128
2012: 109
2011: 105
2010: 115
2009: 109
2008: 95

Rate of Female Handgun Suicide per 100,000 People

ChartIn California, the annual rate of female handgun suicide per 100,000 population is

2017: 0.427
2016: 0.56
2015: 0.47
2014: 0.55
2013: 0.66
2012: 0.57
2011: 0.55
2010: 0.61
2009: 0.59
2008: 0.52

Long Gun Suicides

ChartIn California, the number of long gun suicides is

2017: 2317
2016: 2247
2015: 232
2014: 260
2013: 2597
2012: 227
2011: 229
2010: 248
2009: 280
2008: 239
2007: 225
2006: 225
2005: 220
2004: 226
2003: 234
2002: 290
2001: 260
2000: 221
1999: 264

Rate of Long Gun Suicide per 100,000 People

ChartIn California, the annual rate of long gun suicide per 100,000 population is

2017: 0.587
2016: 0.57
2015: 0.59
2014: 0.67
2013: 0.68
2012: 0.60
2011: 0.61
2010: 0.67
2009: 0.76
2008: 0.65
2007: 0.62
2006: 0.62
2005: 0.61
2004: 0.64
2003: 0.66
2002: 0.83
2001: 0.75
2000: 0.65
1999: 0.79

Male Long Gun Suicide Victims

ChartIn California, annual male long gun suicides total

2017: 2227
2016: 2147
2015: 220
2014: 245
2013: 249
2012: 216
2011: 212
2010: 240
2009: 268
2008: 227

Rate of Male Long Gun Suicide per 100,000 People

ChartIn California, the annual rate of male long gun suicide per 100,000 population is

2017: 1.137
2016: 1.10
2015: 1.13
2014: 1.27
2013: 1.31
2012: 1.14
2011: 1.13
2010: 1.30
2009: 1.46
2008: 1.25

Female Long Gun Suicide Victims

ChartIn California, annual female long gun suicides total

2017: 97
2016: 107
2015: 12
2014: 15
2013: 10
2012: 11
2011: 17
2010: 8
2009: 12
2008: 12

Rate of Female Long Gun Suicide per 100,000 People

ChartIn California, the annual rate of female long gun suicide per 100,000 population is

2017: 0.057
2016: 0.05
2015: 0.06
2014: 0.08
2013: 0.05
2012: 0.06
2011: 0.09
2010: 0.04
2009: 0.06
2008: 0.07

Gun Suicides (Other)

ChartIn California, annual gun suicides (other) total

2017: 5737
2016: 5017
2015: 508
2014: 478
2013: 4367
2012: 456
2011: 491
2010: 422
2009: 417
2008: 444
2007: 484
2006: 396
2005: 392
2004: 404
2003: 449
2002: 353
2001: 397
2000: 458
1999: 524

Rate of Gun Suicide (Other) per 100,000 People

ChartIn California, the annual rate of gun suicide (other) per 100,000 population is

2017: 1.457
2016: 1.28
2015: 1.30
2014: 1.23
2013: 1.14
2012: 1.20
2011: 1.30
2010: 1.13
2009: 1.13
2008: 1.21
2007: 1.34
2006: 1.10
2005: 1.09
2004: 1.14
2003: 1.27
2002: 1.01
2001: 1.15
2000: 1.35
1999: 1.56

Male Gun Suicide (Other) Victims

ChartIn California, annual male gun suicides (other) total

2017: 5207
2016: 4397
2015: 450
2014: 412
2013: 385
2012: 401
2011: 433
2010: 368
2009: 371
2008: 395

Rate of Male Gun Suicide (Other) per 100,000 People

ChartIn California, the annual rate of male gun suicide (other) per 100,000 population is

2017: 2.657
2016: 2.25
2015: 2.31
2014: 2.14
2013: 2.02
2012: 2.12
2011: 2.31
2010: 1.99
2009: 2.02
2008: 2.17

Female Gun Suicide (Other) Victims

ChartIn California, annual female gun suicides (other) total

2017: 537
2016: 627
2015: 58
2014: 66
2013: 51
2012: 55
2011: 58
2010: 54
2009: 46
2008: 49

Rate of Female Gun Suicide (Other) per 100,000 People

ChartIn California, the annual rate of female gun suicide (other) per 100,000 population is

2017: 0.277
2016: 0.31
2015: 0.29
2014: 0.34
2013: 0.26
2012: 0.29
2011: 0.31
2010: 0.29
2009: 0.25
2008: 0.27

Unintentional Gun Deaths

ChartIn California, annual unintentional shooting deaths total

2017: 387
2016: 36
2015: 29
2014: 23
2013: 35
2012: 30
2011: 26
2010: 24
2009: 31
2008: 37
2007: 43
2006: 68
2005: 146
2004: 50
2003: 68
2002: 44
2001: 97
2000: 66
1999: 47

Rate of Unintentional Gun Death per 100,000 People

ChartIn California, the annual rate of unintentional shooting death per 100,000 population is

2017: 0.107
2016: 0.09
2015: 0.07
2014: 0.06
2013: 0.09
2012: 0.08
2011: 0.07
2010: 0.06
2009: 0.08
2008: 0.10
2007: 0.12
2006: 0.19
2005: 0.41
2004: 0.14
2003: 0.19
2002: 0.13
2001: 0.28
2000: 0.19
1999: 0.14

Unintentional Male Gun Deaths

ChartIn California, annual unintentional male shooting deaths total

2017: 377
2016: 337
2015: 24
2014: 19
2013: 31
2012: 26
2011: 20
2010: 20
2009: 29
2008: 34

Rate of Unintentional Male Gun Death per 100,000 People

ChartIn California, the annual rate of unintentional male shooting death per 100,000 population is

2017: 0.197
2016: 0.17
2015: 0.12
2014: 0.10
2013: 0.16
2012: 0.14
2011: 0.11
2010: 0.11
2009: 0.16
2008: 0.19

Unintentional Female Gun Deaths

ChartIn California, annual unintentional female shooting deaths total

2017: 17
2016: 3
2015: 5
2014: 4
2013: 4
2012: 4
2011: 6
2010: 4
2009: 2
2008: 3

Rate of Unintentional Female Gun Death per 100,000 People

ChartIn California, the annual rate of unintentional female shooting death per 100,000 population is

2017: 0.017
2016: 0.02
2015: 0.03
2014: 0.02
2013: 0.02
2012: 0.02
2011: 0.03
2010: 0.02
2009: 0.01
2008: 0.02

Unintentional Handgun Deaths

ChartIn California, annual unintentional shooting deaths by handgun total

2017: 167
2016: 13
2015: 0 (suppressed)
2014: 0 (suppressed)
2013: 0 (suppressed)7
2012: 0 (suppressed)
2011: 0 (suppressed)
2010: 0 (suppressed)
2009: 11
2008: 11
2007: 19
2006: 25
2005: 18
2004: 15
2003: 17
2002: 15
2001: 15
2000: 21
1999: 21

Rate of Unintentional Handgun Death per 100,000 People

ChartIn California, the annual rate of unintentional shooting death by handgun per 100,000 population is

2017: 0.047
2016: 0.03
2015: 0
2014: 0
2013: 0
2012: 0
2011: 0
2010: 0
2009: 0.03
2008: 0.03
2007: 0.00 (unreliable)
2006: 0.07
2005: 0.00 (unreliable)
2004: 0.00 (unreliable)
2003: 0.00 (unreliable)
2002: 0.00 (unreliable)
2001: 0.00 (unreliable)
2000: 0.06
1999: 0.06

Unintentional Male Handgun Deaths

ChartIn California, annual unintentional male shooting deaths by handgun total

2017: 167
2016: 12
2015: 0
2014: 0
2013: 0
2012: 0
2011: 0
2010: 0
2009: 10
2008: 10

Rate of Unintentional Male Handgun Death per 100,000 People

ChartIn California, the annual rate of unintentional male shooting death by handgun per 100,000 population is

2017: 0.087
2016: 0.06
2015: 0
2014: 0
2013: 0
2012: 0
2011: 0
2010: 0
2009: 0.05
2008: 0.05

Unintentional Female Handgun Deaths

ChartIn California, annual unintentional female shooting deaths by handgun total

2017: 07
2016: 1
2015: 0 (suppressed)
2014: 0 (suppressed)
2013: 0 (suppressed)
2012: 0 (suppressed)
2011: 0
2010: 0
2009: 1
2008: 1

Rate of Unintentional Female Handgun Death per 100,000 People

ChartIn California, the annual rate of unintentional female shooting death by handgun per 100,000 population is

2017: 07
2016: 0.01
2015: 0
2014: 0
2013: 0
2012: 0
2011: 0
2010: 0
2009: 0.01
2008: 0.01

Unintentional Long Gun Deaths

ChartIn California, annual unintentional shooting deaths by long gun total

2017: 07
2016: 0 (suppressed)7
2015: 0 (suppressed)
2014: 0 (suppressed)
2013: 0 (suppressed)7
2012: 0 (suppressed)
2011: 0 (suppressed)
2010: 0 (suppressed)
2009: 0 (suppressed)
2008: 0 (suppressed)
2007: 0 (suppressed)
2006: 0 (suppressed)
2005: 18
2004: 0 (suppressed)
2003: 12
2002: 0 (suppressed)
2001: 10
2000: 10
1999: 0 (suppressed)

Rate of Unintentional Long Gun Death per 100,000 People

ChartIn California, the annual rate of unintentional shooting death by long gun per 100,000 population is

2017: 07
2016: 0
2015: 0
2014: 0
2013: 0
2012: 0
2011: 0
2010: 0
2009: 0
2008: 0
2007: 0.00 (unreliable)
2006: 0.00 (unreliable)
2005: 0.00 (unreliable)
2004: 0.00 (unreliable)
2003: 0.00 (unreliable)
2002: 0.00 (unreliable)
2001: 0.00 (unreliable)
2000: 0.00 (unreliable)
1999: 0.00 (unreliable)

Unintentional Male Long Gun Deaths

ChartIn California, annual unintentional male shooting deaths by long gun total

2017: 07
2016: 07
2015: 0
2014: 0
2013: 0
2012: 0
2011: 0
2010: 0
2009: 0
2008: 0

Rate of Unintentional Male Long Gun Death per 100,000 People

ChartIn California, the annual rate of unintentional male shooting death by long gun per 100,000 population is

2017: 07
2016: 07
2015: 0
2014: 0
2013: 0
2012: 0
2011: 0
2010: 0
2009: 0
2008: 0

Unintentional Female Long Gun Deaths

ChartIn California, annual unintentional female shooting deaths by long gun total

2017: 07
2016: 0 (suppressed)7
2015: 0 (suppressed)
2014: 0 (suppressed)
2013: 0 (suppressed)
2012: 0 (suppressed)
2011: 0
2010: 0
2009: 0
2008: 0

Rate of Unintentional Female Long Gun Death per 100,000 People

ChartIn California, the annual rate of unintentional female shooting death by long gun per 100,000 population is

2017: 07
2016: 07
2015: 0
2014: 0
2013: 0
2012: 0
2011: 0
2010: 0
2009: 0
2008: 0

Unintentional Gun Deaths (Other)

ChartIn California, annual unintentional shooting deaths by firearm (other) total

2017: 197
2016: 20
2015: 16
2014: 13
2013: 19
2012: 17
2011: 19
2010: 10
2009: 14
2008: 23
2007: 19
2006: 40
2005: 110
2004: 31
2003: 39
2002: 25
2001: 72
2000: 35
1999: 22

Rate of Unintentional Gun Death (Other) per 100,000 People

ChartIn California, the annual rate of unintentional shooting death by firearm (other) per 100,000 population is

2017: 0.057
2016: 0.05
2015: 0.04
2014: 0.03
2013: 0.05
2012: 0.04
2011: 0.05
2010: 0.03
2009: 0.04
2008: 0.06
2007: 0.00 (unreliable)
2006: 0.11
2005: 0.31
2004: 0.09
2003: 0.11
2002: 0.07
2001: 0.21
2000: 0.10
1999: 0.07

Unintentional Male Gun Deaths (Other)

ChartIn California, annual unintentional male shooting deaths by firearm (other) total

2017: 187
2016: 197
2015: 12
2014: 11
2013: 17
2012: 13
2011: 15
2010: 0
2009: 13
2008: 21

Rate of Unintentional Male Gun Death (Other) per 100,000 People

ChartIn California, the annual rate of unintentional male shooting death by firearm (other) per 100,000 population is

2017: 0.097
2016: 0.10
2015: 0.06
2014: 0.06
2013: 0.09
2012: 0.07
2011: 0.08
2010: 0
2009: 0.07
2008: 0.12

Unintentional Female Gun Deaths (Other)

ChartIn California, annual unintentional female shooting deaths by firearm (other) total

2017: 17
2016: 1
2015: 4
2014: 2
2013: 2
2012: 4
2011: 4
2010: 0
2009: 1
2008: 2

Rate of Unintentional Female Handgun Death (Other) per 100,000 People

ChartIn California, the annual rate of unintentional female shooting death by firearm (other) per 100,000 population is

2017: 0.017
2016: 0.01
2015: 0.02
2014: 0.01
2013: 0.01
2012: 0.02
2011: 0.02
2010: 0
2009: 0.01
2008: 0.01

Gun Deaths from Undetermined Cause

ChartIn California, annual shooting deaths in which the cause remains undecided total

2017: 157
2016: 12
2015: 0 (suppressed)
2014: 15
2013: 118
2012: 15
2011: 17
2010: 13
2009: 17
2008: 17
2007: 22
2006: 6
2005: 15
2004: 16
2003: 33
2002: 16
2001: 6
2000: 10
1999: 31

Rate of Gun Death from Undetermined Cause per 100,000 People

ChartIn California, the annual rate of unknown-cause shooting deaths per 100,000 population is

2017: 0.047
2016: 0.03
2015: 0
2014: 0.04
2013: 0.03
2012: 0.04
2011: 0.05
2010: 0.03
2009: 0.05
2008: 0.05
2007: 0.06
2006: 0.02
2005: 0.04
2004: 0.04
2003: 0.09
2002: 0.05
2001: 0.02
2000: 0.03
1999: 0.09

Male Gun Deaths from Undetermined Cause

ChartIn California, annual male shooting deaths in which the cause remains undecided total

2017: 127
2016: 07
2015: 0
2014: 13
2013: 11
2012: 14
2011: 15
2010: 13
2009: 13
2008: 11

Rate of Male Gun Death from Undetermined Cause per 100,000 People

ChartIn California, the annual rate of unknown-cause male shooting deaths per 100,000 population is

2017: 0.067
2016: 07
2015: 0
2014: 0.07
2013: 0.06
2012: 0.07
2011: 0.08
2010: 0.07
2009: 0.07
2008: 0.06

Female Gun Deaths from Undetermined Cause

ChartIn California, annual female shooting deaths in which the cause remains undecided total

2017: 37
2016: 0 (suppressed)7
2015: 0 (suppressed)
2014: 2
2013: 0 (suppressed)
2012: 1
2011: 2
2010: 0
2009: 4
2008: 6

Rate of Female Gun Death from Undetermined Cause per 100,000 People

ChartIn California, the annual rate of unknown-cause female shooting deaths per 100,000 population is

2017: 0.027
2016: 07
2015: 0
2014: 0.01
2013: 0
2012: 0.01
2011: 0.01
2010: 0
2009: 0.02
2008: 0.03

Handgun Deaths from Undetermined Cause

ChartIn California, annual deaths by handgun in which the cause remains undecided total

2017: 07
2016: 0 (suppressed)7
2015: 0 (suppressed)
2014: 0 (suppressed)
2013: 0 (suppressed)7
2012: 0 (suppressed)
2011: 0 (suppressed)
2010: 0 (suppressed)
2009: 0 (suppressed)
2008: 0 (suppressed)
2007: 0 (suppressed)
2006: 0 (suppressed)
2005: 0 (suppressed)
2004: 0 (suppressed)
2003: 16
2002: 0 (suppressed)
2001: 0 (suppressed)
2000: 0 (suppressed)
1999: 16

Rate of Handgun Death from Undetermined Cause per 100,000 People

ChartIn California, the annual rate of unknown-cause handgun deaths per 100,000 population is

2017: 07
2016: 0
2015: 0
2014: 0
2013: 0
2012: 0
2011: 0
2010: 0
2009: 0
2008: 0
2007: 0.00 (unreliable)
2006: 0.00 (unreliable)
2005: 0.00 (unreliable)
2004: 0.00 (unreliable)
2003: 0.00 (unreliable)
2002: 0.00 (unreliable)
2001: 0.00 (unreliable)
2000: 0.00 (unreliable)
1999: 0.00 (unreliable)

Male Handgun Deaths from Undetermined Cause

ChartIn California, annual male deaths by handgun in which the cause remains undecided total

2017: 07
2016: 07
2015: 0
2014: 0
2013: 0
2012: 0
2011: 0
2010: 0
2009: 0
2008: 0

Rate of Male Handgun Death from Undetermined Cause per 100,000 People

ChartIn California, the annual rate of unknown-cause male handgun deaths per 100,000 population is

2017: 07
2016: 07
2015: 0
2014: 0
2013: 0
2012: 0
2011: 0
2010: 0
2009: 0
2008: 0

Female Handgun Deaths from Undetermined Cause

ChartIn California, annual female deaths by handgun in which the cause remains undecided total

2017: 07
2016: 0 (suppressed)7
2015: 0 (suppressed)
2014: 0 (suppressed)
2013: 0 (suppressed)
2012: 0 (suppressed)
2011: 0
2010: 0
2009: 0
2008: 0

Rate of Female Handgun Death from Undetermined Cause per 100,000 People

ChartIn California, the annual rate of unknown-cause female handgun deaths per 100,000 population is

2017: 07
2016: 07
2015: 0
2014: 0
2013: 0
2012: 0
2011: 0
2010: 0
2009: 0
2008: 0

Long Gun Deaths from Undetermined Cause

ChartIn California, annual deaths by long gun in which the cause remains undecided total

2017: 07
2016: 0 (suppressed)7
2015: 0 (suppressed)
2014: 0 (suppressed)
2013: 0 (suppressed)7
2012: 0 (suppressed)
2011: 0 (suppressed)
2010: 0 (suppressed)
2009: 0 (suppressed)
2008: 0 (suppressed)
2007: 0 (suppressed)
2006: 0 (suppressed)
2005: 0 (suppressed)
2004: 0 (suppressed)
2003: 0 (suppressed)
2002: 0 (suppressed)
2001: 0 (suppressed)
2000: 0 (suppressed)
1999: 0 (suppressed)

Rate of Long Gun Death from Undetermined Cause per 100,000 People

ChartIn California, the annual rate of unknown-cause long gun deaths per 100,000 population is

2017: 07
2016: 0
2015: 0
2014: 0
2013: 0
2012: 0
2011: 0
2010: 0
2009: 0
2008: 0
2007: 0.00 (unreliable)
2006: 0.00 (unreliable)
2005: 0.00 (unreliable)
2004: 0.00 (unreliable)
2003: 0.00 (unreliable)
2002: 0.00 (unreliable)
2001: 0.00 (unreliable)
2000: 0.00 (unreliable)
1999: 0.00 (unreliable)

Male Long Gun Deaths from Undetermined Cause

ChartIn California, annual male deaths by long gun in which the cause remains undecided total

2017: 07
2016: 07
2015: 0
2014: 0
2013: 0
2012: 0
2011: 0
2010: 0
2009: 0
2008: 0

Rate of Male Long Gun Death from Undetermined Cause per 100,000 People

ChartIn California, the annual rate of unknown-cause male long gun deaths per 100,000 population is

2017: 07
2016: 07
2015: 0
2014: 0
2013: 0
2012: 0
2011: 0
2010: 0
2009: 0
2008: 0

Female Long Gun Deaths from Undetermined Cause

ChartIn California, annual female deaths by long gun in which the cause remains undecided total

2017: 07
2016: 0 (suppressed)7
2015: 0 (suppressed)
2014: 0 (suppressed)
2013: 0 (suppressed)
2012: 0 (suppressed)
2011: 0
2010: 0
2009: 0
2008: 0

Rate of Female Long Gun Death from Undetermined Cause per 100,000 People

ChartIn California, the annual rate of unknown-cause female long gun deaths per 100,000 population is

2017: 07
2016: 07
2015: 0
2014: 0
2013: 0
2012: 0
2011: 0
2010: 0
2009: 0
2008: 0

Gun Deaths (Other) from Undetermined Cause

ChartIn California, annual deaths by firearm (other) in which the cause remains undecided total

2017: 117
2016: 0 (suppressed)7
2015: 0 (suppressed)
2014: 0 (suppressed)
2013: 0 (suppressed)7
2012: 11
2011: 0 (suppressed)
2010: 10
2009: 12
2008: 0 (suppressed)
2007: 14
2006: 0 (suppressed)
2005: 0 (suppressed)
2004: 11
2003: 15
2002: 0 (suppressed)
2001: 0 (suppressed)
2000: 0 (suppressed)
1999: 13

Rate of Gun Death (Other) from Undetermined Cause per 100,000 People

ChartIn California, the annual rate of unknown-cause gun deaths (other) per 100,000 population is

2017: 0.037
2016: 0
2015: 0
2014: 0
2013: 0
2012: 0.03
2011: 0
2010: 0.03
2009: 0.03
2008: 0
2007: 0.00 (unreliable)
2006: 0.00 (unreliable)
2005: 0.00 (unreliable)
2004: 0.00 (unreliable)
2003: 0.00 (unreliable)
2002: 0.00 (unreliable)
2001: 0.00 (unreliable)
2000: 0.00 (unreliable)
1999: 0.00 (unreliable)

Male Gun Deaths (Other) from Undetermined Cause

ChartIn California, annual male deaths by firearm (other) in which the cause remains undecided total

2017: 107
2016: 07
2015: 0
2014: 0
2013: 0
2012: 10
2011: 0
2010: 10
2009: 0
2008: 0

Rate of Male Gun Death (Other) from Undetermined Cause per 100,000 People

ChartIn California, the annual rate of unknown-cause male gun deaths (other) per 100,000 population is

2017: 0.057
2016: 07
2015: 0
2014: 0
2013: 0
2012: 0.05
2011: 0
2010: 0.05
2009: 0
2008: 0

Female Gun Deaths (Other) from Undetermined Cause

ChartIn California, annual female deaths by firearm (other) in which the cause remains undecided total

2017: 17
2016: 0 (suppressed)7
2015: 0 (suppressed)
2014: 0 (suppressed)
2013: 0 (suppressed)
2012: 1
2011: 0
2010: 0
2009: 0
2008: 0

Rate of Female Gun Death (Other) from Undetermined Cause per 100,000 People

ChartIn California, the annual rate of unknown-cause female gun deaths (other) per 100,000 population is

2017: 0.017
2016: 07
2015: 0
2014: 0
2013: 0
2012: 0.01
2011: 0
2010: 0
2009: 0
2008: 0

Legal Intervention Gun Homicides

ChartIn California, annual legal-intervention gun homicides total

2017: 867
2016: 74
2015: 103
2014: 89
2013: 97
2012: 112
2011: 83
2010: 64
2009: 67
2008: 70
2007: 197
2006: 210
2005: 173
2004: 160
2003: 166
2002: 145
2001: 15619
2000: 153
1999: 137
1998: 175
1997: 178
1996: 170
1995: 196

ProductionGun Industry

Regulation of Firearm Makers

In California, the manufacture of small arms, ammunition and/or their components is permitted only if the maker holds a valid licence20 21 22

TransfersGun Trade and Trafficking

Origin of Crime Guns

Suppliers of Crime Guns to Other US States (Rate)

When crime guns seized in the United States were traced, interstate gun traffickers had sourced their weapons from California at a rate of 4.823 per 100,000 inhabitants

Suppliers of Crime Guns to Other US States (Rank)

When crime guns seized in the United States were traced, California ranked at No. 4623 out of 51 US jurisdictions as a source of weapons for interstate gun trafficking

MeasuresGun Regulation

Firearm Regulation - Guiding Policy

The regulation of guns in California is categorised as restrictive24

Firearm Law

Guiding gun control legislation in California includes the Penal Code of California and the Constitution of California 187925

Firearm Regulation Authority

Guns in California are regulated by the local and state governments (as long as local regulations do not conflict with State law)26 27 28

Right to Possess Firearms

In California, the right to private gun ownership is conditionally guaranteed by the US Constitution,29 as limited by federal law.30 State law does not include a similar right.31 27 28

Restricted Firearms and Ammunition

In California, civilians are not allowed to possess machine guns (without a licence and a good cause),32 assault weapons with few exceptions,33 .50 calibre rifles34 and large capacity ammunition magazines35 27 28

Regulation of Automatic Weapons

In California, private possession of fully automatic weapons is prohibited with only narrow exemptions32 36 27 28

Regulation of Semiautomatic Assault Weapons

In California, private possession of semi-automatic assault weapons is prohibited with only narrow exemptions33 27 28

Regulation of Handguns

In California, private possession of handguns (pistols and revolvers) is prohibited with only narrow exemptions33 37 38 39 27 28

Gun Ownership and Possession

In California, non-prohibited persons of minimum age (for long guns)38 and holders of a Handgun Safety Certificate39 27 28 may lawfully acquire, possess or transfer a firearm or ammunition

Genuine Reason Required for Firearm Possession

Gun owners and buyers in California are required to establish a genuine reason to possess a machine gun32 27 28 and handguns40

Minimum Age for Firearm Possession

The minimum age for gun ownership in California is 18 years for purchase or supply (no minimum age for rifles and shotguns), and 21 years for handguns41 27 28

Domestic Violence and Firearms

Where a past history, or apprehended likelihood of family violence exists, the law in California stipulates42 27 28 that firearm possession should be denied or revoked

Firearm Safety Training

In California, an understanding of firearm safety and the law, tested in a theoretical and/or practical training course is required for handguns39 27 28

Gun Owner Licensing Period

In California, gun owners must re-apply and re-qualify for their firearm licence every two years for a Handgun Safety Certificate43 39 27 28

Firearm Registration

Civilian Gun Registration

In California, the law requires for handguns and assault weapons only44 45 27 28 that a record of the acquisition, possession and transfer of each privately held firearm be retained in an official register

Gun Dealer Record Keeping

In California, licensed firearm dealers are required (for handgun sales only, and extended to all firearms effective 1 January 2014)46 27 28 to keep a record of each firearm or ammunition purchase, sale or transfer on behalf of a regulating authority

Gun Manufacturer Record Keeping

In California, licensed gun makers are required22 27 28 to keep a record of each firearm produced, for inspection by a regulating authority

Gun Sales and Transfers

Regulation of Private Gun Sales

In California, the private sale and transfer of firearms is prohibited unless conducted by a licensed firearm dealer47 27 28

Regulation of Dealer Gun Sales

In California, dealing in firearms by way of business without a valid gun dealer’s licence is unlawful48 27 28

Background Checks for Private Gun Sales

The buyer of a firearm in a private sale in California is obliged47 49 27 28 to pass official background checks before taking possession

Background Checks for Dealer Gun Sales

The buyer of a firearm from a licensed gun dealer in California is obliged49 27 28 to pass official background checks before taking possession

Limit on Gun Dealer Sales

In California, the number and type of firearms which can be sold by a licensed gun dealer to a single gun owner is limited to one every 30 days (handguns only)50 47 27 28

Number of Licensed Gun Dealers

ChartThe number of licensed firearm dealers in California is reported to be

2015: 8,26151
2014: 8,56452
2013: 8,43553
2012: 7,98954
2011: 7,53555

Waiting Period for Gun Possession

In California, the minimum wait for a lawful firearm purchase to be completed is 10 days56 27 28

Regulation of Gun Shows

In California, gun shows and temporary firearm dealing events are regulated57 27 28 in law

Storage and Transport of Guns and Ammunition

Firearm and Ammunition Storage Regulations - Private

Firearm regulations in California include58 27 28 written specifications for the lawful safe storage of private guns and ammunition

Firearm and Ammunition Storage Regulations - Dealer

Firearm regulations in California include22 48 59 27 28 written specifications for the lawful safe storage of firearms and ammunition by licensed arms dealers

Firearm and Ammunition Transport Regulations

Regulations in California include (for handguns only)60 58 27 28 written specifications for the lawful safe storage of firearms and ammunition while in transit

Marking and Tracing Guns and Ammunition

Firearm Marking

In California, a unique identifying mark on each firearm is required by law22 61 62 63 64 65 27 28

Firearm Tracing

In California, state authorities carry out61 27 28 recognised arms tracing and tracking procedures

Firearm Microstamping

In California, new semi-automatic pistols must be61 27 28 microstamped with a unique identifier

Carrying Guns

Carrying Guns Openly in Public

In California, carrying a firearm in plain view in a public place is prohibited for loaded firearms and for unloaded handguns (with few exceptions)66 27 28

Carrying Hidden Handguns in Public

In California, carrying a concealed firearm in a public place is allowed, subject to a valid permit37 27 28

Hidden Handgun Permit May, or Shall Be Issued

In California, local licensing authorities "may issue", with room for discretion,37 67 27 28 a hidden handgun carry permit to any non-prohibited person who applies

Reciprocity for Hidden Handgun Permit Holders

In California, gun owners with a permit to carry hidden handguns issued in another jurisdiction are not granted37 27 28 reciprocal rights

Exempting Hidden Handgun Permit Holders from Background Checks

In California, gun owners with a valid permit to carry a hidden handgun are not exempt37 68 27 28 from background checks when buying from a licensed gun dealer

Gun Free Zones

In California, private guns are prohibited in state or local public buildings, public places or streets, within the sterile area of a public transit facility, polling places,69 vehicles (loaded firearms and exposed handguns)60 and schools70 27 28

Collection, Amnesty and Destruction Programmes

Destruction and Disposal Policy

In California, it is state policy32 27 28 to destroy surplus, collected and seized firearms rather than return them to the secondary arms market

Grading US State Gun Laws

Gun Law Ranking – LCPGV

In their 'A-F' State Scorecard of US gun laws, the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence ranked California as ‘A-’71

Gun Law Ranking – Brady Campaign

ChartIn its annual State Scorecard, the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence scored firearm legislation in California on a scale of 0 points (weak) to 100 points (strong)

2011: 8172
2010: 8073
2009: 7974
2008: 7975
2007: 7976

Gun Law Ranking – Open Society Institute

In its Comparative Survey of State Firearm Laws, the Open Society Institute ranked California at No. 377 among 50 US States


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