This Article examines the authority of California local governments to "license" firearms possession-i.e., the authority to permit or deny the possession of firearms and/or ammunition within a locality's geographical limits. As such, the relevant case law makes clear that local governments may not ban handguns and other firearms that state law does not forbid the law-abiding adult citizenry from possessing.
Kates, Don B. and Michel, Carl Dawson
"Local Gun Bans in California:A Futile Exercise,"
University of San Francisco Law Review: Vol. 41
, Article 2.
Available at: http://repository.usfca.edu/usflawreview/vol41/iss3/2