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Under CA law, people in CA have 60 days to register their firearms upon moving to CA. If you did not comply, they have a right to seize them and hold them, but likely not keep them from you. If you were in CA for more than 60 days, then you are going to have to wait for the state to register the guns and then go get them back, since you were not in compliance with the law. If they refuse to return them, THEN you have a right to file suit against them for return of the guns and you would need a local attorney to bring the suit to get the guns returned.
If you were in CA less than 60 days, you have a right to go to court and file a petition for replevin or detinue, which is the common law tort name for them to return your property they have no legal right to have or to pay you for it. You would allege a wrongful seizure of the guns based on the fact you were not there in CA for more than 60 days and as such were not violating the registration law and thus the guns should be returned immediately. Again, you would need a local attorney to file the suit in Superior Court to recover your weapons
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