Safe Gun Storage, Ownership and Disposal

Jeff meeting with homeowner

One day, I was looking for my grandfather’s whetstone, to sharpen an old pair of shears, and I stumbled across his Colt Python 357 Magnum. I thought it might be a relic from one of the movies he worked on in the 50’s, but according to my grandma, it was just “one of those things your grandpa just insisted on having.”

Jeff McCabe has gotten more of his fair share of calls from people like myself, who accidentally come across family firearms in their home and don’t have the first idea of what to do with them. The owner of California Gun Services (CGS), Jeff is in the business of safe gun storage, ownership and disposal. The first step? Following California gun laws. I had zero clue that by driving the Colt to the Army Navy to try and turn it in, I’d be breaking a couple laws. According to Jeff there are laws restricting gifting or selling a gun, receiving a gun, borrowing a gun, transporting a gun, even storing guns. New laws come out every year, and it is almost impossible for anyone, even aficionados to keep up with them. Jeff and his team work closely with local law enforcement to ensure the process is easy and safe.

My grandma was afraid the grandkids might find it and would “just feel safer without it.” A sentiment shared by Jeff’s friends, family and fellow church parishioners – many of whom have sought his assistance over the years to ensure the proper storage or disposal of firearms they found themselves in possession of upon the passing of a loved one.

A BUSINESS IS BORN

What initially started as a favor for a friend has grown into a bonafide side business as word has spread about Jeff’s particular skill set and confidence in handling firearms. As the owner of the Orange-based One Way Painting, Jeff often encountered situations whereby he would come across a firearm when moving furniture around for a client prior to starting a painting project.

“Many times, the firearm belonged to my client’s father, grandfather or late husband and she never touched it because she was afraid of guns, but didn’t know how to get rid of it safely,” he says. “So many times these guns are loaded and just stuck in a nightstand or stored under the bed.”

Over the years, Jeff has encountered a variety of different circumstances where individuals seek his assistance in disposing of unwanted firearms. All situations call for professionalism and expertise, but some also require a more delicate approach. One such case was a recent call by a family whose patriarch was once a responsible gun owner, but was now suffering the early signs of dementia.

“His family wanted the firearms removed for safety reasons, but the gentleman lawfully owns the guns so it’s important to have a heightened sensitivity so as not to create upset,” says Jeff.

In addition to lay people looking for help, Jeff and his team also assist estate and probate attorneys representing clients who are surviving family members in possession of unwanted firearms to navigate the process of safe gun disposal.

Raised in a family that had firearms for hunting and sporting, Jeff was taught early on how to handle, be respectful and always be safe when handling firearms. Jeff adds that “ … we as Americans have a great privilege to be able to own a firearm, but with that comes an even greater responsibility to not only protect ourselves legally by complying with Federal and State laws, but to protect ourselves, our neighbors and most importantly, our children from all possible dangers associated with firearms.”

San Clemente resident Rhonda Murphy couldn’t agree more. “There are many things to deal with when a loved one dies. In 2010, when cleaning out my husband’s closet, I came across several of his guns. I didn’t want to keep them and was unsure of what to do with them. My daughters didn’t want the guns and I didn’t want to deal with the hassle of storing them as my grandkids are often at my house. A friend suggested I call Jeff. He was very nice, easy to talk with, trustworthy and knowledgeable. He came to my house, checked all the guns to make sure they were unloaded and removed them. Jeff also told me that one of the guns was a collector’s item and was able to sell it for me. One less thing to have to worry about. I can’t recommend Jeff enough.”

As part of their auditing procedures, California Gun Services gives clients the option of a Voluntary Registration Form (in the case where the weapon was inherited). Many of Jeff’s clients are like my grandma who just prefers that the gun is destroyed. Jeff holds a Federal Firearm License and as such, is able to take possession of firearms without a Gun Transfer. He can also inspect firearms to ensure they are still in working order, and even tell you if the gun, or guns, you have is California Compliant.

“Most people are unaware that firearms that were purchased legally from a gun shop just a year ago may now be illegal in California,” says Jeff. “If we find a firearm that is out of compliance with the law, you’ll receive solid advice on how to make it compliant, sell it out of state, or potentially dispose of it. Our process is approved and certified by local law enforcement, it’s legal, safe and adheres to all state and federal firearms laws.

“Since firearms last more than a lifetime, families often have small and large collections of guns in their home. Knowing what you have and what to do with those firearms is important. Whether it’s from a death in the family, inheritance, or just a need for clearing out some that you know you will never use, we can help. Following California gun laws is essential. We come to you. It’s a safe, easy and professional process.”

California Gun Services’ processes are approved and certified by local law enforcement and adheres to all state and federal firearms laws for the following services:

GUN AUDIT

Jeff will come to you and inspect your firearms to make sure they are in proper working order and that they are California Compliant. If your firearm is not compliant with the California Law, you will receive solid advice on how to make it compliant or possibly dispose or sell it out of state.

GUN DISPOSAL

If a firearm is found to be unsafe to use, cannot be repaired and has no historical value. California Gun Services will permanently destroy it by torching the receiver or frame into three parts or cutting it with a saw into five parts. Jeff will document this with pho- tos and log it for the Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms and email you the proof of destruction.

GUN TRANSFERS

Private Party Transfers happen between two individuals and will need to take place at a Federal Firearm Licensed Dealer. Since this needs to be done at a Gun Shop, Jeff cannot offer this as an in-home service. If you have inherited or legally obtain a firearm, he can provide you with a Voluntary Registration form or you can download it from the California Department of Justice which is NOT required to do at a gun shop. California Gun Services has a Federal Firearm License and can legally come to you and take possession of a firearm without a Gun Transfer.

GUN PURCHASES OF UNWANTED FIREARMS OR COLLECTIONS

California Gun Services will come to you and ap- praise a single gun or an entire collection of any size. You will receive an explanation of how guns are legally sold and transferred. California Gun Services can then make you a fair market value offer and/or explain how a gun can be put up for sale on consignment.

AMMUNITION AUDIT

California Gun Services will make sure you are using the right ammunition for the firearms that you have and that it is legal in the State of California. Jeff will inspect the ammunition to make sure that it has been stored correctly, is in good condition and will ensure that the ammunition is being stored properly, using the right type of container and stored in the right lo- cation in your home.

Borrowing a Gun: Loaning Firearms to Adults

Under federal law, you may temporarily loan or rent a firearm to an out-of-state resident who is not prohibited from possessing firearms for lawful sporting purposes.  California law, prior to 2017, allowed a firearm to be “infrequently” loaned between two people who knew each other, as long as the loan did not exceed 30 days.  In 2016 however, California state legislature amended this exception and narrowed the scope of who a person can loan a firearm to under this exception.  In AB 1511, beginning January 1, 2017, a firearm can only be “infrequently” loaned between the following individuals, as long as the loan did not exceed 30 days:

  1. Spouses or registered domestic partners
  2. Any parent, child, siblings, grandparent, or grandchild; whether related by blood, adoption, or step relation.

Also under this new exception, the person borrowing the firearm must have a valid Firearm Safety Certification (FSC).  If the firearm being loaned is a handgun, it MUST be registered to the person loaning the firearm as stated in Penal Code ß 11106.  There is a lot of concern from California gun owners as to whether they can loan firearms in specific situations, given that the “personally known” language was removed from the exception.  Even without, there are many other exceptions that gun owners can use to loan a firearm to another person without having to go through an FFL.  Some of these exceptions include:

  1. P.C. ßß 26625, 27970 (Effective Jan 1, 2018)
    • An individual can loan a firearm to another person without going through a licensed firearms dealer if both of the following conditions are met:
      • An individual receiving the firearm is enrolled in the course of basic training prescribed by the Commission on Peached Officer Standards and Training, or in any other course certified by the Commission
      • The loan is for purposes of participating in the course.
  1. P.C. ß 27885
    • An individual who is 18 years of age or older can loan a firearm to another person who is 18 years of age or older without going through a licensed firearms dealer provided the following conditions are met:
      • The person loaning the firearm is at all times within the presence of the person being loaned the firearm.
      • The loan is for a lawful purpose
      • The loan does not exceed three days in duration
      • The individual receiving the firearm is not prohibited by state or federal law from possessing, receiving, owning, or purchasing a firearm
  1. P.C. ß 27910, 31765
    • An individual can loan a firearm to a person 18 years of age or older for the purposes of target shooting without going through a licensed firearms dealer, as long as:
      • The loan occurs on the premises of a target facility that holds a business or regulatory license; or on the premises of any club or organization organized for the purposes of practicing shooting at targets upon established ranges, whether public or private.
      • The firearm is at all times kept within the premises of the target range or on the premises of the club or organization
  1. P.C. ß 27950
    • An individual can loan a long gun to a licensed hunter without going through a licensed firearm dealer, as long as the loan does NOT exceed the duration of the hunting season for which the firearm is to be used.
  1. P.C. ß 27955
    • An individual can loan a firearm to another person 18 years of age or older without going through a licensed firearms dealer, provided all the following are satisfiedt:
      • The loan is “infrequent”
      • The firearm is unloaded
      • The loan is made by a person who is neither a dealer nor a federal firearms licensee pursuant to Chapter 44 of Title 18 of the United States Code
      • The loan is for use solely as a prop in a motion picture, television, video, theatrical, or other entertainment production or event.
  1. P.C. ß 27955
    • A federal firearms licensee can loan a firearm to a person(s) who possess a valid entertainment firearms permit issued under Chapter 2 of Division 8 of the Penal Code without going through a licensed firearm dealer, as long as the following conditions are met:
      • The firearm is unloaded
      • The firearm is loaned for use solely as a prop in a motion picture, television, video, theatrical or other entertainment production or event
      • The person loaning the firearm retains a photocopy of the entertainment firearm permit as proof of compliance with this requirement.
  1. P.C. ß 27966
    • An individual can loan, sell, or transfer a firearm to a collector licensed under Chapter 44 of Title 18 of the United States Code, and the regulations issued thereto without going through a licensed firearms dealer provided that:
      • The loan, sale, or transfer is “infrequent”
      • The firearm is NOT a handgun
      • The firearm is a curio or relic
      • The person receiving the firearm has a current certificate of eligibility issue in accordance with P.C. section 267410
      • Within 30 days of taking possession of the firearm, the person to whom it is transferred must forward by prepaid mail, or deliver in person to the Dept. of Justice, a report that includes information concerning the individual taking possession of the firearm, how title was obtained and for whom, and a description of the firearm in question.

The Proper Way to Store a Gun

Proper gun storage is critical. The most important part of storing a gun is safety. California Law says it is illegal to knowingly store a firearm where a minor or person that is not legally allowed to posses a firearm may have access.  In short:

  • Lock the gun in a safe, closet or room where a minor cannot access. 
  • A trigger lock or a cable lock are also good ideas to use. 
  • It is also good practice to store the ammunition in a different location.

 As far as protecting the gun itself, it is a good idea to clean the gun and wipe down all metal surfaces with gun oil or WD-40.  This will protect it against rust, as even fingerprints can leave rust spots.  Make sure the gun is stored in a dry location. Moister is the biggest threat to damaging your gun.

Remember, safe gun storage keeps you and your family safe.

If you’re not sure about how to either dispose of or store your guns, contact California Gun Services today.

Hope this helps.

Jeff McCabe

Loaded Inheritance: Safe Gun Storage, Ownership and Disposal with California Gun Services

Article by Ann Laurence, Published in the South County Magazine,
May 2019
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My grandparents owned a beautiful three bedroom casita in Solana Beach. Just up the road from the train station, their home was built in the twenties, and renovated completely when I was in high school. When my grandfather passed away, I moved in with my grandma, doing chores around the house for her and helping to maintain the garden. One day, I was looking for my grandfather’s whetstone, to sharpen an old pair of shears, and I stumbled across his Colt Python 357 Magnum. I had to look it up – I thought it might be a relic from one of the movies he worked on in the 50’s, but according to my grandma, it was just “one of those things your grandpa just insisted on having.”

Jeff McCabe has gotten more of his fair share of calls from people like myself, who accidentally come across family firearms in their home and don’t have the first idea of what to do with them. 

The owner of California Gun Services, Jeff is in the business of safe gun storage, ownership and disposal. The first step? Following California gun laws. I had zero clue that by driving the Colt to the Army Navy to try and turn it in I’d be breaking a couple laws. According to Jeff there are laws restricting gifting or selling a gun, receiving a gun, borrowing a gun, transporting a gun, even storing guns. New laws come out every year, and it is almost impossible for anyone, even aficionados to keep up with them. Jeff and his team work closely with local law enforcement to ensure the process is easy and safe.

My grandma hadn’t touched the revolver in years, though my grandfather had made sure she shot it at some canned tomatoes on a desert trip when they were younger. “I’m afraid the grandkids might find it,” she told me that day. “I’d feel safer without it.” A sentiment shared by Jeff’s friends, family and fellow church parishioners – many of whom have sought his assistance over the years to ensure the proper storage or disposal of firearms they found themselves in possession of upon the passing of a loved one.

HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVE

What initially started as a favor for a friend has grown into a bonafide side business as word has spread about Jeff’s particular skill set and confidence in handling firearms. As the owner of the Orange-based One Way Painting, Jeff often encountered situations whereby he would come across a firearm when moving furniture around for a client prior to starting a painting project. “Many times, the firearm belonged to my client’s father, grandfather or late husband and she never touched it because she was afraid of guns, but didn’t know how to get rid of it safely. So many times these guns are loaded and just stuck in a nightstand or stored under the bed.”

Raised in a family that had firearms for hunting and sporting, Jeff was taught early on how to handle, be respectful and always be safe when handling firearms. I believe that we as Americans have a great privilege to be able to own a firearm, but with that comes an even greater responsibility to not only protect ourselves legally by complying with Federal and State laws, but to protect ourselves, our neighbors and most importantly, our children from all possible dangers associated with firearms.”

San Clemente resident Rhonda Murphy couldn’t agree more. “There are many things to deal with when a loved one dies. In 2010, when cleaning out my husband’s closet, I came across several of his guns. I didn’t want to keep them and was unsure of what to do with them. My daughters didn’t want the guns and I didn’t want to deal with the hassle of storing them as my grandkids are often at my house. A friend suggested I should call Jeff. He was very nice, easy to talk with, trustworthy and knowledgable. He came to my house, checked all the guns to make sure they were unloaded and removed them. Jeff also told me that one of the guns was a collector’s item and was able to sell it for me. One less thing to have to worry about. I can’t recommend Jeff enough.”

As part of their auditing procedures, California Gun Services gives clients the option of a Voluntary Registration Form (in the case where the weapon was inherited). Many of Jeff’s clients are like my grandma who just prefers that the gun is destroyed. Jeff holds a Federal Firearm License and as such, is able to take possession of firearms without a Gun Transfer. He can also inspect firearms to ensure they are still in working order, and even tell you if the gun, or guns, you have are California Compliant.

“Most people are unaware that firearms that were purchased legally from a gun shop just a year ago may now be illegal in California,” says Jeff. “If we find a firearm that is out of compliance with the law, you’ll receive solid advice on how to make it compliant, sell it out of state, or potentially dispose of it. Our process is approved and certified by local law enforcement, it’s legal, safe and adheres to all state and federal firearms laws.

“Since firearms last more than a lifetime, families often have small and large collections of guns in their home. Knowing what you have and what to do with those firearms is important. Whether it’s from a death in the family, inheritance, or just a need for clearing out some that you know you will never use, we can help.

Following California gun laws is essential. We come to you. It’s a safe, easy and professional process.”


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California Gun Services’ processes are approved and certified by local law enforcement and adheres to all state and federal firearms laws for the following services:

GUN AUDIT
Jeff will come to you and inspect your firearms to make sure they are in proper working order and that they are California Compliant. If your firearm is not compliant with the California Law, you will receive solid advice on how to make it compliant or possibly dispose or sell it out of state.

GUN DISPOSAL
If a firearm is found to be unsafe to use, cannot be repaired and has no historical value. California Gun Services will permanently destroy it by torching the receiver or frame into three parts or cutting it with a saw into five parts. Jeff will document this with photos and log it for the Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms and email you the proof of destruction.

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GUN TRANSFERS
Private Party Transfers happen between two individuals and will need to take place at a Federal Firearm Licensed Dealer. Since this needs to be done at a Gun Shop, Jeff cannot offer this as an in-home service. If you have inherited or legally obtain a firearm, he can provide you with a Voluntary Registration form or you can download it from the California Department of Justice which is NOT required to do at a gun shop. California Gun Services has a Federal Firearm License and can legally come to you and take possession of a firearm without a Gun Transfer.

GUN PURCHASES OF UNWANTED FIREARMS OR COLLECTIONS
California Gun Services will come to you and appraise a single gun or an entire collection of any size. You will receive an explanation of how guns are legally sold and transferred. California Gun Services can then make you a fair market value offer and/or explain how a gun can be put up for sale on consignment.

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AMMUNITION AUDIT
California Gun Services will make sure you are using the right ammunition for the firearms that you have and that it is legal in the State of California. Jeff will inspect the ammunition to make sure that it has been stored correctly, is in good condition and will ensure that the ammunition is being stored properly, using the right type of container and stored in the right location in your home.