Originally Posted by CowTowner
I have transported a single stack 1911 into and out of California for years when visiting inmates, er, my family there. Gun locked in a hard case not accessible from the passenger compartment and ammunition stored in a separate box. (I lock that one too just because)
If the handgun is in a locked case, it can be in the passenger compartment. There is no requirement that the handgun be in a hard case. A soft case is fine, if locked. Ammuntion does not have to be in a separate case, or even in a case at all.