Gun ownership rules for a permanent resident in California
January 7, 2012 2:19 PM Subscribe
Does a permanent resident (green card holder) living in California have the legal right to own a gun?
posted by gertzedek to law & government (6 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I have shot other people's guns many times in the past and found it quite enjoyable, but have no formal experience with firearms. My gun experience involves someone handing me a loaded gun which I promptly discharge towards a target. However, I've been thinking about taking up shooting as a hobby.
I'd like to start from the beginning by buying a starter gun - nothing fancy, I am thinking about a bolt-action 22LR rifle, which from what I gather is the most appropriate caliber and configuration for a beginner. I've shot 22LR handguns and rifles in the past, so I know what to expect.
However, I am not an American citizen, and the legality of buying a gun a permanent resident (i.e. a green card holder) is a little murky to me. There's a lot of conflicting information on the internet about it.
Does anyone know what are the rules in California for gun ownership for permanent residents? Any other tips for a beginner are much appreciated.