Hey folks- I’m sure my question has been addressed in a previous thread but I want to be absolutely sure.
I live in neighborhood near LAX with a rather high crime rate. I like to go walking at night with my girlfriend and I’d like to be able to protect her (and myself) if I need to.
I shoot my USP 45 at a local shooting range (LAX Shooting Range) and one time I brought my unloaded and locked pistol accompanied with two loaded magazines that were detached from my pistol (the pistol and the magazines were in the same range bag) and the guy working there freaked out on me and said that I could get arrested for having a concealed and loaded gun. Because of this incident I became convinced that according to California law a loaded magazine, even if completely detached from the pistol, is still considered a loaded weapon. After doing some research I’ve found that this might not be true, and now I find myself thoroughly confused.
So my question is:
Is it legal for me to carry my unloaded pistol on a belt holster with a loaded magazine detached from the pistol but on the same holster (in public)?
If the answer to my question is “yes”, I have a follow up question:
If a cop happens to drive by is it highly likely that I can get arrested anyway?
Thanks a lot!