Q: Can a CA resident acquire a non-roster, otherwise non-exempt handgun from an out-of-state estate or as a gift from a living relative? If so, what documentation is necessary to show that it is SB15 exempt? This comes up frequently. The last time I asked this of CA DOJ (some years ago) I was told that of course a CA resident can accept a firearm gift or inherit a firearm. I was admonished to carefully document that it was SB15 exempt or suffer the consequences of transferring an illegal firearm. When I asked what would be acceptable documentation I was told that they could not answer that for me. At present we decline to accept for transfer any handgun not exempt or on the roster.
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