See our Reporting Lost or Stolen Firearms policy summary for a comprehensive discussion of this issue.

Since July 1, 2017, California law has required individuals to report the loss or theft of a firearm to local law enforcement in the jurisdiction where the loss or theft occurred within five days of the time they discovered or reasonably should have discovered the loss or theft.1

Licensed California firearms dealers are also required to report the loss or theft of any firearm or ammunition within 48 hours to the appropriate law enforcement agency in the city, county, or city and county in California where the dealer’s business premises are located.2


  1. Cal. Penal Code § 25250, enacted by Proposition 63. ⤴︎
  2. Cal. Penal Code § 26885(b). ⤴︎