KEL TEC P3AT illegal in California?

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      KEL TEC P3AT illegal in California?

      First of all I would like to say that i live in California and Ive really done my research on the KEL TEC P3AT and it got me interested in purchasing one. And not to mention it will be my first gun that I will be owning. So I think the KEL TEC P3AT is perfect for me for now. But i have been to several gun dealers and all of them tell me only one thing. That I have to be part of law enforcement to actually own one. This really upsets me. Is there anything I can do to purchase one legally in the state of california?

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      Quote Originally Posted by hmtcrxsir View Post
      But i have been to several gun dealers and all of them tell me only one thing. That I have to be part of law enforcement to actually own one. This really upsets me. Is there anything I can do to purchase one legally in the state of california?
      Become a LEO.

      If that's not for you, then it's time to move on and get a different gun. If the P3AT is on the banned list in CA, there's nothing we can recommend. We don't discuss ways to circumvent the laws on this forum.

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      Call Kel-Tec 321-631-0068 and ask them if it's true. Most of the time they make guns that will conform with CA gun laws. If what you want does not comply, they might be able to suggest another model that will.

      Good Luck.

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      Quote Originally Posted by hmtcrxsir View Post
      Is there anything I can do ?


      Yes, there is. Look up the gun you are interested in...Straight info here....


      http://certguns.doj.ca.gov/
      Last edited by clanger; 03-09-2009 at 10:32 AM. Reason: oops...... typo

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      Quote Originally Posted by clanger View Post
      Yes, there is. Look up the gun you are interested in...Straight info here....


      http://certguns.doj.ca.gov/
      Doesn't seem to be one Kel Tec model on there.

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      Yep- means Kel-Tec is not approved for sale in Ca.

      See my edtied post above.... I left too much text in the quote.

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      So what's the logic behind it? They're autos without a safety or decocker?

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      The Geshtapo wants 'x-dollars' a gun for safety tests and ceritification for sale here in Kommifornia. Some Cert's expire too and some don't get right back on the list due to model changes, company issues, 'they forgot' etc...

      No tickey, no laundry.

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      Nice.

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      Yup- no fun for Kel-Tec fans here....

      Even Taurus has several models missing from the roster. Actually a lot of models missing from the roster. P/o'd me good too as I wanted a few that were not on the Approved list.

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      Cali' guys....

      Also- the Ca DOJ updates the roster quite often. So don't totally loose hope if the gun you want is not yet on there. It depends a lot on the back-log and the maker's getting the new units in for testing.

      Since we have a new year a lot of Cert's have expired, and, new models are still being tested.

      Also- this list is for new pruchases only. Used or PPT are not subject to this.

      Feel free to keep this DOJ site bookmarked, I check it often and note the changes weekly (like the friggin 617 that was not on there when I ordered my 605 dadblastit).

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      Quote Originally Posted by clanger View Post
      P/o'd me good too as I wanted a few that were not on the Approved list.
      Me too, just one though, a 65. I check the list periodically to see if Taurus adds it.

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      you might consider moving to a user friendly state.

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      In the mean time, law abiding citizens like you can't get the gun you want, while the hoods in the streets have all of them.

      What's wrong with that picture.

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      Quote Originally Posted by dovehunter View Post
      In the mean time, law abiding citizens like you can't get the gun you want, while the hoods in the streets have all of them.

      What's wrong with that picture.

      Absolutely nothing...it's exactly what the liberals want!

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      Quote Originally Posted by tekhead1219 View Post
      Absolutely nothing...it's exactly what the liberals want!

      I'm just glad that I live in TEXAS!

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      I think because alot of the "conceal" or small handguns are banned here in California due to the high crime rates. I was really looking forward to buying one too.

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      since I cant get KEL TEC P3AT. Any recommendations for a first time gun buyer? I was thinking a small but descent size handgun.

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      The reason the Kel-Tec is not on the 'approved for sale' list is that they probably were not submitted for safety and drop testing. Some of their modles 'look' like they would not pass under the Ca. AWB. IMHO.
      All handguns sold new in Ca. must be subbed for the safety test, though.

      You still have choices, Ruger, Walther, Bersa etc....

      Here ya go- do some window shopping:

      https://www.galleryofguns.com/Genie/Default.aspx

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      Originally Posted by dovehunter
      In the mean time, law abiding citizens like you can't get the gun you want, while the hoods in the streets have all of them.

      What's wrong with that picture.
      Quote Originally Posted by tekhead1219 View Post
      Absolutely nothing...it's exactly what the liberals want!
      No one wants criminals to be better armed than law abiding citizens.

      I think California's law MAY have been created with the good intention of getting some of the crappy, unsafe guns off the market. However, having to have absolutely every variant of a model go through the testing seems over zealous, to say the least.

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