Riverside County Gun Law: firearms, including shotgun and rifle
While the State of California may have certain gun laws, a local government may legally enforce rules that are stricter. Riverside County has Ordinance No. 514.10 which pertains to the use of firearms within Riverside County. The ordinance breaks down the law into “firearm” and “loaded rifle or shotgun”. The ordinance is also broken into Western and Eastern zones, which define certain areas of the county.
Riverside County gun law: firearm defined
The ordinance defines firearm as any “cannon, gun, pistol, revolver, automatic pistol, rifle, shotgun, air gun, pellet gun, and any other weapon designed to discharge one or more projectiles propelled by the expansion of gas.” The ordinance is inclusive of all firearms, including bb guns and paintball guns.
The ordinance specifically defines “loaded rifle or shotgun” as having an unexpended cartridge in the firing chamber, but not only when the unexpended cartridge or cartridges are in the magazine. The purpose for this distinction is the ordinance seeks to have a remedy for people who have full magazines, but nothing in the firing chamber. This implies that the person has good intentions for the gun, and that is what the county is seeking.
Riverside County gun law: firearm possession and shooting/discharge
*It is illegal to shoot a firearm within 300 yards of an inhabited or uninhabited dwelling or house without the written consent of the owner. (Shotgun within 150 yards)
*It is illegal to shoot a firearm within 300 yards of an occupied or unoccupied building without written consent of the owner. (Shotgun within 150 yards)
*It is illegal to shoot a firearm within 300 yards of any farm, dairy, feed yard, or any place where horses, sheep, cattle or any other animal are raised, milked, fed, trained, housed or confined, without the written consent of the owner or operator. (Shotgun within 150 yards)
*It is illegal to shoot a firearm within 300 yards of any public area, including park, hiking trail, or campground.
*It is illegal to shoot a firearm within 300 yards of any road, highway, or street, unless pursuant to a legal hunting license and in pursuit of legal hunting game.
*It is illegal to shoot or discharge a gun within one (1) mile of any city in the county. (The distinction between shoot and discharge is important, as it means it doesn’t have to be intentional)
*It is illegal to shoot or discharge between ½ hour after sunset to ½ hour before sunrise.
Contact the Law Office of Stephanie M. Arrache, a criminal defense firm, if you have any questions about gun possession in Riverside County.
Law Office of Stephanie M. Arrache
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PO Box 3297
Palm Springs, CA 92262
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