Lately there have been numerous news articles covering concealed weapon laws. This is a hot topic in many states and municipalities. In California there is an “open carry movement“, and in response to this movement a new bill has been drafted; AB1934 is now in debate. Currently in California we operate under Penal Code Section 12025 and 12031. To be convicted of carrying a concealed weapon requires that the person conceal the weapon in their vehicle or on their person. The weapon must also be within the immediate possession of the person where they could reach for it relatively easily. So clearly, if the weapon is in the trunk then the District Attorney would be unable to convict the person under this law. Each case is different and requires good counsel. Here is a note from one of our recent clients.
“I was arrested for a violation of Penal Code Sections 12025(a) (1) [Carrying a Concealed Weapon in a Vehicle], 12031(a) [Carrying a Loaded Weapon in a Vehicle] and 538(b) (2) [impersonating an officer]. I had several weapons in my vehicle with ammunition-most of my weapons were properly stored in my vehicle but a few were not. All the weapons pertain to my being in the private security business. I also had other very expensive items that I needed for my job. I hired Attorney William W. Bruzzo to represent me as he came highly recommended as an Orange County Criminal Defense Attorney very familiar with the District Attorneys and Judges in Orange County. If I suffered a conviction or lost my equipment I would be unable to work. Mr. Bruzzo helped me get my equipment back from the police. He also spoke with the District Attorney in an attempt to persuade them not to file the case against me since I was a legitimate private security individual. In the end Mr. Bruzzo persuaded the District Attorney NOT TO FILE THE CASE. I NEVER HAD TO GO TO COURT AND I NEVER HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT A CONVICTION. I feel strongly that if I had not hired Mr. Bruzzo the result would have been much different. As such I highly recommend Mr. Bruzzo for any criminal law matter.” ~~ PB, May 14, 2010