What does california consider to be a locked container? Does it have to have some sort of lock on it or can it be considered locked when using the snap buttons on the case itself
Here is a penal code section:
(a) Section 12025 does not apply to, or affect, any of the following: â€¦ (1) through (20) omitted from this document.
(b) In order for a firearm to be exempted under subdivision (a), while being transported to or from a place, the firearm shall be unloaded, kept in a locked container, as defined in subdivision (d), and the course of travel shall include only those deviations between authorized locations as are reasonably necessary under the circumstances.
(c) This section does not prohibit or limit the otherwise lawful carrying or transportation of any pistol, revolver, or other firearm capable of being concealed upon the person in accordance with this chapter.
(d) As used in this section, "locked container" means a secure container which is fully enclosed and locked by a padlock, keylock, combination lock, or similar locking device. The term "locked container" does not include the utility or glove compartment of a motor vehicle.
From my questioning of several CA LEOs, the "locked container" term is ambiguous. Most people accept any durable cloth bag with a reasonably strong zipper system whose zipper or zipper handles can be locked together, or the zipper handle can be locked to a tab at the end of the zipper's travel. Some have opined that there is a "finger rule";this rule makes it illegal to carry a concealable weapon in a bag that still gives a "finger" access to the weapon. I have not found case law to prove this belief.
It is my understanding that this law was devised to keep law-abiding citizens from accessing their gun quickly, which prevents cops from being shot--again, I can't substantiate this belief. However, the liberal mind's thinking process does work that way.
Liberalism is mental disorder.
I use a Porter Cable tool bag or a women's cosmetic travel bag. I never use a bag that was sold for guns or that hasgun manufacturer's trademarks on it. Camouflage is a good thing. Sometimes, I use aCraftsmanmetal tool box when the travelingis ruff and tumble.