I emailed the following to the Elk Grove Chief of Police @ 2:19pm today:
I am a resident in the City of Elk Grove and have the following inquiries.
I am trying to get clarification on gun laws in the City of Elk Grove and the unincorporated areas thereof, specifically unloaded open carry of firearms.
Lets assume I am in the local supermarket carrying an unloaded pistol in a belt
holster (visible) and have a ammo clip on the belt (visible). Would I be in violation
of any law?
Also, would I be in violation of any law if I were driving in my car, carrying
unconcealed, unloaded in the same manner or have my firearm and magazine on the dash or passenger seat?
Thanks for your attention to this matter.
I received the following email back from Caption Bob Risedorph, Acting Chief of Police @ 3:10pm:
The gun laws in Elk Grove are the same as the laws throughout the State of California.
I am assuming you would otherwise be allowed to possess a firearm (i.e. you are not convicted of certain crimes or legally prohibited from possessing a firearm or ammunition), that you are not in an area were possession of a firearm is prohibited, and that you do not intend to use the firearm to commit a felony. Then, in each of your scenarios, you would not be in violation of any law I am aware of. You should expect, though, that a Peace Officer would reasonably seek to inspect your firearm to determine if it was in fact not loaded.
I then replied withthe following inquiry 10:13pm:
Wow, that was a quick response, awesome, wasn't expecting that. Thank you. I am having trouble with Penal Code Section 12026.1. If my firearm is in a locked container, may it be loaded? I am getting different answer from different sources.
On another note, where is Chief Lehner?
Once again, thank you for your speedy response, I am impressed.
Yeah,I knowI didn't put a "s" after "answer". Hopefully the reply will clearup some confusion whether a firearm can be loaded or notin a locked container.
Also I am new to the forums and UOC. I want UOC soon, maybe right in front of the Elk Grove PD. It's actually a five minute walk to the Elk Grove Wal-mart. So maybe a walk from EGPD to Wal-mart. Anyone in?