California has the strongest gun laws in the United States, receiving an A in our Annual Gun Law Scorecard. The state was one of the first in the nation to enact an extreme risk protection order law (known as a gun violence restraining order in California). The state also has the most robust system in the country for removing firearms from people who become prohibited from having them. California has the seventh-lowest gun death rate in the country and the fifth-lowest crime gun export rate. To further strengthen its gun laws, California can increase funding to community violence prevention programs and address the ways some residents manage to skirt existing gun regulations.

  • Universal background checks

  • Gun dealer licensing

  • Assault weapon, 50 caliber, and large capacity magazine ban

  • Safety training for firearm purchasers

  • Gun show regulations

  • Firearm purchases from dealers limited to one per person per month

  • Waiting period

  • State collection and maintenance of firearm sale records

  • Licensing authority has discretion to deny a concealed carry permit

  • Local governments have authority to regulate firearms and ammunition

  • Handgun design safety standards