Finding CA compliant guns for sale can be a real chore, which is why Omaha Outdoors has done all the hard work for you. We clearly mark firearms that are on the CA DOJ firearms roster, which can be found at http://certguns.doj.ca.gov, and ensure that the pistols we sell to Californians, as well as the methods by which we sell them, are in compliance with the new 2017 California gun laws.
How do I Buy a Handgun in California?
California has long been more restrictive than other states in terms of which guns may be bought and sold within the state. They're also restrictive regarding how they may be transferred. If you've been wondering what the process is like and if you can buy the same pistols that your friends in other states have been showing off, you've come to the right place. We can educate you on the process and sell you a gun all at the same time.
First, to buy a new pistol in the state of California, you must have it transferred through a FFL dealer, or federal firearms license holder, who will log the gun into their record books upon its arrival at the dealer. This process is known in California as the DROS or Dealer's Record of Sale and includes state background checks and a ten-day waiting period before the firearm may be transferred to you. You must take possession of the firearm before 30 days has elapsed from the date of the DROS submission, however. You'll also fill out an ATF Form 4473 which involves a federal background check through the FBI's National Instant Criminal Background Check System, or NICS, a record of which the dealer will keep on the premises for a minimum of 20 years.
On our end, we must remain compliant with the CFLC, or California Firearms Licensee Check System, by confirming the FFL to which you want the gun sent is "properly licensed and listed in the state's database of persons/entities authorized to receive firearm shipments." Even if we've sent a gun to the same FFL before, we must go through this process for every shipment. More information may be found at https://oag.ca.gov/firearms/cflcoverview.
What is a California Compliant Pistol?
You must also ensure that the firearm you're purchasing is legal in California. The California Department of Justice has a specific list of handguns that have met their requirements for sale. These requirements include a safety check that involves dropping the pistol to see if it will fire upon impact. While the California gun safety test is without a doubt onerous and restrictive, preventing you from owning many popular firearms, there are many excellent weapons for you to choose from on the list.
For example, the list includes approved Glock Gen 3 Austrian made handguns including the 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 26, 27, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37, 38, and 39, meaning you have the full spectrum of subcompact, compact, full size, and competition pistols in 9mm, 357 Sig, 40 S&W, 10mm, 45 GAP, and 45 Auto to choose from. That's not so bad, is it? While you'll be limited to 10 round mags, that could mean you'd be better off using 10 rounds of 10mm instead of 10 rounds of 9mm. The choice is yours.
The stellar Heckler and Koch USP is also on the list. Not only is the standard USP available, but also the USP Expert, the USP 45 Elite, and the USP Compact in 9mm, .40 S&W, and .45 ACP. These guns cover all the bases from carry to service use to competition to match pistol shooting. If you're a fan of Teutonic quality, look no further.
Springfield Armory is another excellent option, with many XD pistols being available in California, along with many of their 1911 handguns. These range from parkerized mil-spec WW2 tribute models to custom Rob Leatham edition guns meant for hardcore pistol competition. If the 1911 is what you seek, especially if you're on a budget, Springfield Armory is a good choice for the California resident.
On the other hand, if money is not so restricted, you'll be relieved to know that some Nighthawk Custom pistols are CA compliant. These include the full size 5" GRP, Talon, and Predator, pistols which have come to redefine what it means to build a top of the line 1911, alongside Commander-sized models with 4.25" barrels like the Talon II and Talon III. The diminutive T3 features a Commander-length slide and Officers-size frame, meaning the overall dimensions of the pistol are more closely aligned with the look of a classic full size pistol while also being far more concealable. This is an excellent option if you've been lucky enough to be graced with the Holy Grail of California firearms law, a California concealed weapons permit.