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Carrying a Concealed Weapon or Firearm Laws (PC 25400) in California - IE Criminal Defense

California Penal Code 25400(a): Carrying a Concealed Weapon or Firearm

Legal Definition: A person is guilty of carrying a concealed firearm when the person does any of the following:

(1) Carries concealed within any vehicle that is under the person’s control or direction any pistol, revolver, or other firearm capable of being concealed upon the person.

(2) Carries concealed upon the person any pistol, revolver, or other firearm capable of being concealed upon the person.

(3) Causes to be carried concealed within any vehicle in which the person is an occupant any pistol, revolver, or other firearm capable of being concealed upon the person.

For a person to be convicted of a violation of PC 25400(a), the prosecution must prove the following:

1. You carried on your person a Ô¨Ārearm capable of being concealed on the person;

2. You knew that you were carrying a Ô¨Ārearm;


3. It was substantially concealed on your person.

As shown above, if the above elements are met, and a person is also in a vehicle, then they are also guilty under this section.

What does this mean?

A Ô¨Ārearm capable of being concealed on the person is any device designed to be used as a weapon, from which a projectile is expelled or discharged through a barrel by the force of an explosion or other form of combustion and that has a barrel less than 16 inches in length. A Ô¨Ārearm capable of being concealed on the person also includes any device that has a barrel 16 inches or more in length that is designed to be interchanged with a barrel less than 16 inches in length. A Ô¨Ārearm also includes any rocket, rocket-propelled projectile launcher, or similar device containing any explosive or incendiary material, whether or not the device is designed for emergency or distress signaling purposes.

A Ô¨Ārearm does not need to be in working order if it was designed to shoot and appears capable of shooting. Firearms carried openly in belt holsters are not concealed.


Carrying a concealed weapon is a wobbler offense, meaning based on the facts of your case, you can be charged with this as a misdemeanor or as a felony based on the specific facts of your case. If you are convicted of this charge as a misdemeanor, you could be sentenced to up to one year in County Jail. If you are convicted of this charge as a felony, you could be sentenced to upwards of 16 months, two or three years. You would be required to serve 50% of that time.

This charge is not considered a strike offense under California‚Äôs Three Strikes Sentencing Law. You would also be required to pay fines and fees, and could potentially lose your right to own or possess a firearm in the future.

Common Defenses

  1. Statute of Limitations
  2. Insufficient Evidence
  3. Violation of your Rights
  4. Mistake of Fact

It is not a defense to this charge if you have a gun on you, but it isn‚Äôt your gun. The basis of the charge is that you possess a concealed gun or firearm, without a permit to possess the gun. This also could be problematic if the gun is not yours, and it is found out that the gun is stolen. However, a toy gun, for example, would not be a concealed firearm, even if it is not a ‚Äúworking gun‚ÄĚ, because it was never a gun, it was a toy. Likewise, if you believe the gun is a toy gun, then you could not be found guilty under this section.

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A criminal conviction can be devastating to your life and your future. In addition, the fines and fees associated with a conviction can cripple you. Plus, you face the strong likelihood of losing your gun privileges altogether. But not all hope is lost, many times these charges can be reduced or dismissed, even though Differed Entry of Judgment, depending on your case, and what attorney you choose to represent you. Our PC 25400 Ontario criminal defense attorney has successfully defended numerous cases involving PC 25400 and other firearm offenses. The initial consultation is free and we are available to answer your questions 24/7. Call the Inland Empire Criminal Defense today at 909-281-0391! Located in Ontario, CA.

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