Carrying without a Permit/License in California
The following is from packing.org in the California section:
Date updated: Jul 29, 2005 @ 9:42 am
California law has a gray area, a de facto quasi-right-to-carry. The state law provides that carrying a concealed weapon (including a knife or blackjack) is a FELONY, however, a clear exception exists. If you are carrying a gun (not a knife!) AND it was legally purchased AND it is registered to you AND you are not a gang member (yes, there is a statutory definition of gang member) AND it is your first such arrest, then concealed carry is a misdemeanor. A typical fine is $200.
Hypothetically (I'm not advocating breaking the law), it seems that a law abiding citizen can carry a concealed handgun and the only risk is a misdemeanor and a fine. Anyone have any practical knoweldge of this "gray" area? What's the level of the misdemeanor?