Why is the HK P30 banned in California?

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      Why is the HK P30 banned in California?

      Why is the P30 banned in California? The gun is basically identical to the USP/USP compact. Only differences are setup of control levers and grip and balance.

      Don´t get it...you can buy the HK MR556A1 5.56mm rifle in California, but the P30 not!?!

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      Every company must submit guns for testing and pay the state fees to get guns on the "list" in California. I think they have to pay a small fee to KEEP them on the list as well. And, I have been told that ANY change to a gun makes it be required to be resubmitted.

      They may not want to go thru the hassle.

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      It is "banned" because the magazines hold 15 rounds. To sell in CA a model with a 10 round or less magazine would need to be offered. I suggest doing as I did; move to another state.

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      That is big BS, couchpotato. My USP compact usually can hold 13 rounds.my friends glock17 can hold 17 rounds. they just sell them here with 10 round magazines. it has nothing to do with possible capacity, only what you actually put in the gun.

      nope, I am not moving to another state because of guns. Live right by the beach with the most beautiful california girls around and have 325 days sunshine and warm weather. Not giving that up in exchange of having the possibility to load 3 more rounds in my gun!

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      Yes, as I said they must sell them with 10 round or less magazines. The P30 is not available with a smaller magazine. It certainly could be done, but HK must choose to market it that way.

      Did you know that in many other states you can swim in the ocean without a wet suit to keep warm?

      I left in 1995, and I'm so glad I did. Sold my house there, and bought two, twice the size here for the same money. Taxes are much lower, the government is not broke, and the regulatory climate is miles ahead.

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      Well, Florida would be the only other option for me! But a little too tropical. Hate this huminity in summer. Besides that, I am a passionate surfer. So not too many options for me...

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      well, I am just asking because my friend is interested in getting a HK (is not so happy with his Glock 17) and he was tending towards the P35. But looks like he has to go with a P2000 or USP. Anyway, I love my USP!!

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      Ok...I had a talk with one of the sales guys at my local favorite gun shops. He explained it in more detail. One of the safty requirements on this "California list" for new guns is that the gun must be unable to fire a round as long the magazin is removed. That basically disqualifies all new pistols from SigSauer and HK as well the Generation 4 Glocks to make it on the "California list".

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      That would explain why they don't just offer a smaller magazine since it still would not qualify.

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      on the other hand.....all guns that were out before that list are fine. They basically grandfathered in. That's why my USP is not a problem at all. That is kinda stupid.....

      Works for me, since I would got anyway with a USPc all the time.

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      10 round mags are available for the HK P30. I'm in NY and I have them.

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      Isn't it a felony in CA to carry a clip bigger than 10 rounds if it was "listed" as having 10 rounds and wasn't grandfathered?

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      Quote Originally Posted by Couch Potato View Post
      Yes, as I said they must sell them with 10 round or less magazines. The P30 is not available with a smaller magazine. It certainly could be done, but HK must choose to market it that way.
      100% not true. The P30 can be ordered from HK with 10 round magazines. That is no problem at all.

      All you have to do is to simply visit the P30 product page on HK's website to see the versions of the gun available for sale with 10 round magazines:

      Heckler & Koch P30

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      My P30's are my go to 9mm's these days. I mostly CCW/EDC a 21st Century LtWgt Commander, but no longer use my Hipowers in 9mm. I got 3 P30's and a P30L. They are all LEM's, two of them are V4's, and the L and one P30 ar V1's for competition. I tend to prefer a longer gun for competition when given a choice.

      As to Kalifornia, I am from Melbourne, Florida, I married a South Los Angeles girl, (Palo Verde Peninsula). When I got out of the Corps 35 years ago, I refused to live in Kalifornia, Arizona was the compromise. That was 35 years ago, and turned into one of the smartest moves I ever made. The older I get the smarter I feel about that. Getting married, well lets just say I haven't done that as well.

      I do wish Arizona didn't have a state income tax like Florida, and having the ocean and the Indian river Lagoon right there was nice. But now that I am a medical train wreck and retired, Arizona is getting even better.

      Kalifornia is a nice place to visit, but the Lord knows I wouldn't want to live there, and I am glad I raised my kids here in Arizona.

      Good luck.

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      I have no idea. You can order 10 round magazines, as stated earlier, for that gun so I doubt it has anything to do with the capacity of bullets. It certainly has the required safeties, as far as I can tell. California is NOT a gun friendly state and they simply have found some sort of loophole to place the HK in so that it is one more handgun that citizens there will not be able to have. What a stupid set of laws they have there, I feel for ya'.

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      Quote Originally Posted by Shipwreck View Post
      Every company must submit guns for testing and pay the state fees to get guns on the "list" in California. I think they have to pay a small fee to KEEP them on the list as well. And, I have been told that ANY change to a gun makes it be required to be resubmitted.

      They may not want to go thru the hassle.

      From everything I have read, Shipwreck has pretty much nailed the reason.

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      Quote Originally Posted by high pockets View Post
      From everything I have read, Shipwreck has pretty much nailed the reason.
      this is the exact reason.... + 1

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      Quote Originally Posted by Shipwreck View Post
      Every company must submit guns for testing and pay the state fees to get guns on the "list" in California. I think they have to pay a small fee to KEEP them on the list as well. And, I have been told that ANY change to a gun makes it be required to be resubmitted.

      They may not want to go thru the hassle.

      From another forum:

      Quote Originally Posted by HK CS1
      There are no plans to have the P30/HK45 tested in CA knowing that it will not pass.
      "CS" designates "Customer Service"

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      OK, I live in Kalifornia and I was able to buy a new P30S from a fellow who had brought into the state as a LE pistol---he was then able to sell it legally and I purchased it. Yes, I did pay a bit more, but don't regret it for a second---one of the very finest 9mm pistols ever!

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      Quote Originally Posted by jyo View Post
      OK, I live in Kalifornia and I was able to buy a new P30S from a fellow who had brought into the state as a LE pistol---he was then able to sell it legally and I purchased it. Yes, I did pay a bit more, but don't regret it for a second---one of the very finest 9mm pistols ever!
      this is the loop hole, private party transfers of these guns is totally legal

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