Article 1. Gun Show Or Event of California Penal Code >> Division 6. >> Title 4. >> Part 6. >> Chapter 3. >> Article 1.
(a) No person shall produce, promote, sponsor, operate, or
otherwise organize a gun show or event, as specified in subdivision
(b) of Section 26805, unless that person possesses a valid
certificate of eligibility from the Department of Justice.
(b) Unless the department's records indicate that the applicant is
a person prohibited from possessing firearms, a certificate of
eligibility shall be issued by the Department of Justice to an
applicant provided the applicant does all of the following:
(1) Certifies that the applicant is familiar with the provisions
of this article and Article 2 (commencing with Section 27300).
(2) Ensures that liability insurance is in effect for the duration
of an event or show in an amount of not less than one million
(3) Provides an annual list of the gun shows or events that the
applicant plans to promote, produce, sponsor, operate, or otherwise
organize during the year for which the certificate of eligibility is
issued, including the date, time, and location of the gun shows or
(c) If during that year the information required by paragraph (3)
of subdivision (b) changes, or additional gun shows or events will be
promoted, produced, sponsored, operated, or otherwise organized by
the applicant, the producer shall notify the Department of Justice no
later than 30 days prior to the gun show or event.
(d) The Department of Justice shall adopt regulations to
administer the certificate of eligibility program under this section.
(e) The Department of Justice shall recover the full costs of
administering the certificate of eligibility program by fees assessed
applicants who apply for certificates. A licensed gun show producer
shall be assessed an annual fee of eighty-five dollars ($85) by the
(f) It is the intent of the Legislature that the certificate of
eligibility program established pursuant to this section be
incorporated into the certificate of eligibility program established
pursuant to Section 26710 to the maximum extent practicable.
(a) Before commencement of a gun show or event, the producer
thereof shall, upon written request from a law enforcement agency
with jurisdiction over the facility, make available to that agency,
within 48 hours or a later time specified by the agency, a complete
and accurate list of all persons, entities, and organizations that
have leased or rented, or are known to the producer to intend to
lease or rent, any table, display space, or area at the gun show or
event for the purpose of selling, leasing, or transferring firearms.
(b) The producer shall thereafter, upon written request, for every
day the gun show or event operates, within 24 hours or a later time
specified by the requesting law enforcement agency, make available to
that agency an accurate, complete, and current list of the persons,
entities, and organizations that have leased or rented, or are known
to the producer to intend to lease or rent, any table, display space,
or area at the gun show or event for the purpose of selling,
leasing, or transferring firearms.
(c) Subdivisions (a) and (b) apply to any person, entity, or
organization, regardless of whether that person, entity, or
organization participates in the entire gun show or event, or only a
(d) The information that may be requested by the law enforcement
agency with jurisdiction over the facility, and that shall be
provided by the producer upon request, may include, but is not
limited to, the following information relative to a vendor who offers
for sale firearms manufactured after December 31, 1898:
(1) The vendor's complete name.
(2) A driver's license or identification card number.
(a) The producer and facility's manager of a gun show or
event shall prepare an annual event and security plan and schedule
that shall include, at a minimum, the following information for each
show or event:
(1) The type of show or event, including, but not limited to,
antique or general firearms.
(2) The estimated number of vendors offering firearms for sale or
(3) The estimated number of attendees.
(4) The number of entrances and exits at the gun show or event
(5) The location, dates, and times of the show or event.
(6) The contact person and telephone number for both the producer
and the facility.
(7) The number of sworn peace officers employed by the producer or
the facility's manager who will be present at the show or event.
(8) The number of nonsworn security personnel employed by the
producer or the facility's manager who will be present at the show or
(b) The annual event and security plan shall be submitted by
either the producer or the facility's manager to the Department of
Justice and the law enforcement agency with jurisdiction over the
(c) If significant changes have been made since the annual plan
was submitted, the producer shall, not later than 15 days before
commencement of the gun show or event, submit to the department, the
law enforcement agency with jurisdiction over the facility site, and
the facility's manager, a revised event and security plan, including
a revised list of vendors that the producer knows, or reasonably
should know, will be renting tables, space, or otherwise
participating in the gun show or event.
(d) The event and security plan shall be approved by the facility'
s manager before the event or show, after consultation with the law
enforcement agency with jurisdiction over the facility.
(e) A gun show or event shall not commence unless the requirements
of subdivisions (b), (c), and (d) are met.
The producer of a gun show or event shall be responsible for
informing prospective gun show vendors of the requirements of this
article and of Article 2 (commencing with Section 27300) that apply
(a) Within seven calendar days of the commencement of a gun
show or event, but not later than noon on Friday for a show or event
held on a weekend, the producer shall submit a list of all
prospective vendors and designated firearms transfer agents who are
licensed firearms dealers to the Department of Justice for the
purpose of determining whether these prospective vendors and
designated firearms transfer agents possess valid licenses and are
thus eligible to participate as licensed dealers at the show or
(b) The department shall examine its records and if it determines
that a dealer's license is not valid, it shall notify the show or
event producer of that fact before the show or event commences.
If a licensed firearms dealer fails to cooperate with a
producer of a gun show or event, or fails to comply with the
applicable requirements of this article or Article 2 (commencing with
Section 27300), that person shall not be allowed to participate in
that show or event.
If a producer fails to comply with Section 27215 or 27220,
the gun show or event shall not commence until those requirements are
Every producer of a gun show or event shall have a written
contract with each gun show vendor selling firearms at the show or
(a) The producer of a gun show or event shall require that
signs be posted in a readily visible location at each public entrance
to the show containing, but not limited to, the following notices:
(1) This gun show follows all federal, state, and local firearms
and weapons laws, without exception.
(2) Any firearm carried onto the premises by any member of the
public will be checked, cleared of any ammunition, and secured in a
manner that prevents it from being operated, and an identification
tag or sticker will be attached to the firearm before the person is
allowed admittance to the show.
(3) No member of the public under the age of 18 years shall be
admitted to the show unless accompanied by a parent, grandparent, or
(4) All firearms transfers between private parties at the show
shall be conducted through a licensed dealer in accordance with
applicable state and federal laws.
(5) Persons possessing firearms at this facility must have in
their immediate possession government-issued photo identification,
and display it upon request to any security officer or any peace
officer, as defined in Section 830.
(b) The show producer shall post, in a readily visible location at
each entrance to the parking lot at the show, signage that states:
"The transfer of firearms on the parking lot of this facility is a
(a) A willful failure by a gun show producer to comply with
any of the requirements of this article, except for the posting of
required signs, shall be a misdemeanor punishable by a fine not to
exceed two thousand dollars ($2,000), and shall render the producer
ineligible for a gun show producer license for one year from the date
of the conviction.
(b) A willful failure of a gun show producer to post signs as
required by this article shall be a misdemeanor punishable by a fine
not to exceed one thousand dollars ($1,000) for the first offense and
not to exceed two thousand dollars ($2,000) for the second or
subsequent offense, and with respect to the second or subsequent
offense, shall render the producer ineligible for a gun show producer
license for one year from the date of the conviction.
(c) Multiple violations charged pursuant to subdivision (a)
arising from more than one gun show or event shall be grounds for
suspension of a producer's certificate of eligibility pending
adjudication of the violations.