California is known for having some of the strictest gun laws in the entire country and officials claim it's the reason California has one of the lowest firearm mortality rates in the country.

Gun violence in California

According to a Gun Violence Data and Research report from the State of California Department of Justice, California is 44th out of the 50 states for firearm mortality in the country - one of the lowest in the country. According to this same report, only Hawaii, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Rhode Island, New York, and Connecticut have lower firearm mortality rates.

They also highlight that Californians are "25% less likely than citizens of other states to die in a mass shooting."

California claims that these trends all began when California started cracking down on its gun laws.

How much has California tightened its gun laws?

Quite a bit! Today, we're looking at 20 deadly weapons that are illegal to "own, possess, manufacture, give, lend, import, or offer to sell" in California.

We have to admit - we didn't know some of these weapons existed and it took quite a bit of legwork to track down photos of these weapons that we can share with you.

20 Deadly Weapons That Are Illegal in California

If you ever plan on owning a firearm in California, make sure you're not in the market for any of these illegal deadly weapons!

Gallery Credit: Chris Cardenas

Seriously... sword canes? Who is strolling around with a sword cane? According to a California law firm, laws on prohibited weapons can go one of two ways:

  • A misdemeanor conviction can have you spend up to 1 year in county jail and/or a maximum $1,000 fine


  • A felony conviction can land you in county jail for up to 3 years with a $10,000 fine.

You might consider bookmarking or saving this as a reference if you live in California and you're ever in the market for a weapon. You don't want to end up in jail, do you?

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