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    If I wanted to shoot my handgun at a range and I wanted to ride my motorcycle to the range, would it be legal for me as a civilian to transport my handgun unloaded and locked in its case in a backpack? Or am I pretty much required to take my truck as my motorcycle does not have any cases? Thanks for the input!

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    California Penal Code section 12025 does not prevent a citizen of the United States over 18 years of age who is not lawfully prohibited from firearm possession, and who resides or is temporarily in California, from transporting by motor vehicle any pistol, revolver, or other firearm capable of being concealed upon the person provided the firearm is unloaded and stored in a locked container.

    The term "locked container" means a secure container which is fully enclosed and locked by a padlock, key lock, combination lock, or similar locking device. This includes the trunk of a motor vehicle, but does not include the utility or glove compartment. For more information, refer to California Penal Code Section 12026.1.
    CCW in a back pack on a motorcycle may get you in trouble. Better to be safe than sorry. A concealable firearm, concealed in a back pack being worn by an individual, could easily be a violation.

    You may wish to read this article about bikers by bikers concerning CCW on a motorcycle.

    Last edited by SgtCHP; 08-09-2008, 08:20 PM.
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