SAF Issues Travel Advisory To Gun Owners: ‘Avoid California!’

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SAF Issues Travel Advisory To Gun Owners: ‘Avoid California!’
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California – -( For the first time in its history, the Second Amendment Foundation today issued a “travel advisory” to firearms owners to avoid going to California, warning law-abiding armed citizens that their civil rights could be in jeopardy due to that state’s restrictive gun control laws.

“The California Legislature has been out of control for years when it comes to placing restrictions on the Second Amendment rights of honest citizens,” SAF founder and Executive Vice President Alan Gottlieb observed.

“Right now, I wouldn’t suggest to any gun owner that they even travel through the state, much less to it as their final destination.

“Lawmakers in Sacramento,” he continued, “either ignored or have forgotten that in 2010, the U.S. Supreme Court incorporated the Second Amendment to the states via the 14th Amendment in SAF’s landmark case of McDonald v. City of Chicago. The Second Amendment’s protection of the right to keep and bear arms applies to state and local governments, but they seem rather oblivious to that fact in the halls of California’s Legislature.”

Of particular concern to Gottlieb is the fact that California steadfastly refuses to recognize concealed carry licenses or permits from other states. The state’s restrictive laws literally leave residents and visitors defenseless.

“If you are licensed to carry in your home state,” he warned, “that license is not recognized in California. It doesn’t matter how many background checks you’ve gone through or whether you took a gun safety course. Your license is no good in the Golden State, which suggests that your safety and the safety of your family are of no concern to state lawmakers or city administrators. You could be prosecuted for having a gun for personal protection, or you might get killed because you didn’t.

“By not going to California,” Gottlieb said, “the life you save may be your own.”


About Second Amendment Foundation:

The Second Amendment Foundation ( is the nation’s oldest and largest tax-exempt education, research, publishing and legal action group focusing on the Constitutional right and heritage to privately own and possess firearms.  Founded in 1974, The Foundation has grown to more than 650,000 members and supporters and conducts many programs designed to better inform the public about the consequences of gun control.

  • 16 thoughts on “SAF Issues Travel Advisory To Gun Owners: ‘Avoid California!’

    1. I too live in Kommunist kontrolled Kalifornia and things “a**hole Kommunist DemocRATs maybe illegal mexicians at that kontrol just to kontrol. All these lying theiving mexicans and other politicians should be in prison with all the criminals but they haven’t been caught yet, although some have been locked up but not nearly enough. So if you can avoid coming to Kalifornia, avoid this state like the plague is here, actually we do have a plague here it’s brown, white and black.

    2. I do live in California it has gotten harder over the years to purchase, own, or even plan a good hunt. They want fees and taxes for everything. Just my hunting license and two deer tags will cost me over $150. For me this is a lot of money. Just to let people know there is 4.5 million people here that didn’t vote for that lady. We are a small voice in a crowded room and its getting quieter every year. I love my state but I do NOT LIKE HOW IT IS BEING RUN. I will not go quiet in the night. I will not go with out a fight. Some politicos know who I am. Yes I do agree everyone should avoid California. This just a small rant of the things that are happening here. Prayer is not going to help us we need deliverance here.

    3. Travel with guns in California is not illegal, nor is possession without registering by non-residents. They DO have some stupid rules though.. a lot like checked handguns in airline luggage.

      Handguns must all be inside locked hard sided cases, no ammunition. Ammunition must be in a separate locked hard sided container, and I think there is a restriction against prepped magazines…. must be in factory packaging. If stopped and your number plate comes up indicating you have your home state Mother May I Card, they WILL ask if you have any firearms.. and I beleive have the “right” to inspect them and search for them. If they are not secured as the law requires, they can do nasty things to you.

      I know of one case where an Oregon man, travelling with well aged parents in the northern part of the state, had his handgun secured per California law, and locked in the loggage boot of his car.They stopped at a roadside rest, some thugs came along and seriously threatned them… he took evasive action, they persisted, closing. Four, I think, against himself and his antique parents… disparity of force, anyone? Immeidate threat of serious bodily harm? Of course…. he managed to skirt round to the back of the car, open the boot, unlock the two locked containers, presented his now loaded handgun… they fled, apparently calling the coppers on him, who came round almost instantly (HE had tried to summon protection, no way) Coppers came (CHP ) and were far more interested in precisely HOW and WHERE he had his handgun secured, how he accessed it, and such, then information about the perps, who had fled. They grilled him for well over an hour….. his old parents standing in the could outside air late at night up in the mountains.. CHP were not concerned about their safety, but about the specifics of his handgun and its storage and access. Seems they had their “bust” right in front of them, why bother with hunting down the cause of the trouble? Having satisfied the coppers he was compliant with all Califoria’s arcane gun laws, they had no option but to leave…. they secured his handgun during the “contact”, but did return it, unloaded, and watched him secure it per their silly laws before they would let him go. He reports to being WIDE AWAKE for several hours after that encounter….. and thankful he’d made it his business to KNOW their stupid laws and comply with them.

    4. “The claim and exercise of a Constitutional (guaranteed) right cannot be converted into a crime”. Miller v US, 230 Fed 486,489

      “No State shall convert a liberty into a privilege, license it, and charge a fee therefore.” Murdock v. Pennsylvania, 319 US 105

      “There can be no sanction or penalty imposed upon one because of this exercise of constitutional rights.” Sherer v. Cullen, 481 F 946

      “If the State converts a right (liberty) into a privilege, the citizen can ignore the license and fee and engage in the right (liberty) with impunity.”
      Shuttlesworth v. City of Birmingham Alabama, 373 US 262

      “An unconstitutional act is not law; it confers no rights; it imposes no duties; affords no protection; it creates no office; it is in legal contemplation, as inoperative as though it had never been passed.” Norton vs Shelby County, 118 U.S. 425, p. 442

      Keep in mind that “bear” in the context of the 2A means “to carry”. The 2A does not say “bear only in one’s home or on one’s own property.” It says “bear,” which means “to carry anywhere that one goes.”

    5. I’ve been avoiding California for years, and New York and New Jersey, and several other states for a number of reasons. It’s a shame that politics in some states dictate your level of “comfort”, but travelling to, or even through, liberal states, especially the large urban sections can be dangerous, especially with out-of-state plates. If you aren’t allowed to defend yourself and have to trust the local law enforcement to be there for you, will become a crime statistic in a hurry.

    6. The irony of this article is that law abiding citizens who wish to exercise the right of self-defense are less welcome in California than “undocumented (A.K.A ILLEGAL) immigrants.

      To visit or live in California you have to subscribe to the idiotic myth liberals have brainwashed an ignorant public in believing that guns are evil, and the police will be there to protect you.

      1. and the People do not care. Else they’d have risen up long ago and TOLD their overlords to back off and allow them the protection the US and California State Constitutions guarantee them.

    7. And how is that different than NY, particularly NYC? I currently have a NY pistol permit and I have had a CA pistol permit in the past when I lived there. Neither state recognizes ANY other states permits. Now I have not kept up on recent CA laws, but the last time I checked you could own a pistol without a permit – in NY you CANNOT OWN a pistol without obtaining a permit! Legally you cannot even handle one without a permit – with very few exceptions. What about NJ, MA, CT, are they not as restrictive as CA? Oh, I agree with the analysis, CA has gotten out of hand, but shouldn’t other states be right up there with them?

      1. Nick, CT is bad, but not as bad as NJ,CA, or NY. So long as you pay the fees. My GF actually got her CCW in CT last year and went to a great gun store and became the proud owner of a new SIG .380. I got ($35) a permit to ‘purchase ammunition and legal magazines’. Sometimes I can’t find the right ammo in VT which is a constitutional carry state.
        And I do.

      2. In CA you must register any handgun as you acquire it. Of course, if you own one since before that requirement went into effect (I think somteimt in the 1990’s) the requirement is not retroactive. I’ve friends in that hole that own such handguns, the state have no record of them. They’d like to acquire new to them handguns, and are watching things like production dates to make sure it predates the registration requirement.

        Another little quirk they have.. if you DO manage to get your Mother May I Card to carry, you MUST register the actual handguns you are allowed to carry with that card…. listed by make, model, calibre, and serial number. If you are caught with something not on that card, its just as if you had no card. Strange… send one in for repairs, you have to register its replacement, then reregister the switch back. Goofy.

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