Bill McIntyre wrote:
I don't think we are allowed to discuss religion.
I can't find the complete answer. The guys online always say it's legal to carry anywhere on the ocean but the regs are a bit fuzzy. The law states that you cannot carry a concealed weapon without permit EXCEPT "Licensed hunters or fishermen carrying pistols, revolvers, or other firearms capable of being concealed upon the person while engaged in hunting or fishing, or transporting those firearms unloaded when going to or returning from the hunting or fishing expedition."
The law was probably made for fishing on land and it does not specify on a boat. I bet there are also city or county rules that apply as well, otherwise guys would be carrying at lakes in the city. If that rule applies to the city why wouldn't it apply to LA, OC, or SD counties?
There is a law where you cannot carry a loaded firearm on a motorized vehicle unless the ammo is separate, and the gun is in a locked container. I am always curious if they consider a boat to be a vehicle? This exact question was posed on WON and the DFG rep dodged the question by citing the law without completely answering the question.
I had a long talk with someone about this after my buddy got hit in the face with a thrown hammer from another boat. The guy I talked to (not my buddy) said he would have shot the hammer thrower. My guess is if you were not in dire danger i.e. if someone wasn't shooting at you, and you shot that person for throwing a hammer in California, then you would be found guilty of attempted murder or murder. It's different if you are LEO and trained to know what is a life threatening situation. The argument in court would be something like "you can dodge a hammer, you cannot dodge a bullet"..
If you carried that gun and drifted in mexican waters you would be in serious trouble.
I have guns but doubt if I would carry one on the boat. If you did you would have to clean it right away just from salt damage. You would also have to know when to bring it out, and I would not even think about pulling that gun out unless someone was getting ready to SHOOT me or my passangers.
This is not a debate about what you think about california laws, about your opinion on LEO etc. Ryan has a question on concealed carry on a boat and those with knowledge please chime in. Ryan I'd say call up the coast guard and ask them, I'm sure many of us have the same question.