Firearm Safety

As a firearm owner, it is your responsibility to ensure the safe handling and storage of your firearms.  Firearms in your home must be stored where they are inaccessible to children or unauthorized persons.  You can find more information on Firearm Safety Rules at the California Department of Justice Bureau of Firearms.

The Monterey Park Police Department has partnered with to distribute free Project ChildSafe Safety Kits.  To get your free Project ChildSafe Safety Kit contact the Community Engagement Bureau at (626) 307-1215.

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Firearm Disposal

There are several ways a resident can surrender a firearm, magazines or ammunition that they no longer want.

All firearms surrendered to MPPD are crushed and reduced to scrap.  There is no charge to the previous owner and the metal is recycled.

Request a Firearm Pick-up

Residents can contact the Monterey Park Police Department non-emergency line at (626) 573-1311 to request a residential firearm pick-up.

Things to know:

  • An officer will respond to the request as other calls permit.
  • The firearm will be turned over for destruction.
  • Magazines and ammunition are also accepted to be disposed of by MPPD.

Licensed Firearms Dealer

Residents can contact a licensed firearms dealer to sell or transfer a firearm.

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Firearms Laws in California

If you are a resident of California or visiting from out-of-state, please review the laws regarding owning and carrying firearms in the State of California.

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Recovering Impounded Firearms

No firearms will be released until approval is granted by the assigned investigator.

All persons attempting to obtain an impounded firearm are required to go through the Department of Justice Law Enforcement Gun Release Application Process.  If a clearance letter is granted, it is valid for 30 days from the date of the notice.

After getting the clearance letter, schedule an appointment to retrieve the firearm by contacting the Evidence Custodian at (626) 307-1228.  Hours or operation are Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.  Provide your full name, date of birth and any incident or case number that may assist in locating your record.

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Gun Violence Restraining Orders

Learn how to get a temporary gun violence restraining order against someone who poses a significant danger to themselves or others.  Click (GVRO) for more information on how to obtain Gun Violence Restraining Order.

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Prohibited Concealed Carry on Property Signage

Private property laws allow for the owner or proprietor of the property to deny access to anyone.  One of those areas of denial can be the carrying of concealed weapons, including firearms, on the private property.  The City of Monterey Park recommends signage placed at all entrances prohibiting the carrying of concealed firearms.  Please use this sign as an example of the appropriate signage.  If a patron refuses your request or you believe they are carrying a concealed weapon, please call 911 and ask for an officer to respond.  Anyone refusing to comply with the owner's request, is in violation of California trespassing laws and can be subject to arrest.

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