Judging the Judges: Are the Taurus and Rossi “Judge” firearms legal under California law?

California has some of the most restrictive and complicated anti-self-defense…

California has some of the most restrictive and complicated anti-self-defense laws in the nation. Not only do these laws often ban of firearms that are legal to possess throughout the rest of the country, they also subject law abiding California residents to felony prosecution for inadvertent possession of firearms that pose relatively no threat to public safety beyond the threat that any firearm presents when misused by a violent criminal. California’s complicated laws often keep firearms that are ideal for self defense and personal protection out of the hands of California residents, or create such confusion that a rigorous legal analysis by both law enforcement and attorneys must be performed to determine a firearm’s legality.

Two prime examples: the Taurus Judge handgun line, and the Rossi Circuit Judge long gun line.

Unfortunately, the California Department of Justice no longer offers opinions on the legality of specific firearms. Law enforcement, retailers, and consumers are on their own. To assist them, a legal memorandum analyzing these products and their legality under California is now posted here.

Source: Michellawyers.com

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  • Eric

    The legality of this or that firearm is certainly a concern regarding those who want options for personal protection, but California law has a provision from the late 1990s that states the CA Attorney General can “ban” any firearm she or he believes is “dangerous.” If YOU want to regain the freedoms of the Past, then a much larger pro-self-defense political movement is needed in California than the one which exists at the present. Retake the Media, retake the Legislature, retake the “Educational” System. Make the Elite understand it is in their interest to have a law abiding armed public (who will likely back them up in times of crisis when the police “run” as in the Rodney King Riots) as opposed to only having an armed, law-breaking public (i.e., armed criminals, looters, gangsters) as in Mexico, Europe (e.g., Russian Mafia and Radical Islam) and so many other countries. It is interesting to note, except in California, the rest of the US has generally falling violent crime rates…

  • General Jim M

    Taurus made the Judge also in 28 gauge,but i think the BATFE said that’s a no no.If any BATFE guys reads this maybe they can tell you if or why the 28ga judge is banned.