Thursday, September 10, 2009

In California...

So I'm in California for a few days. Flew in yesterday and leave tomorrow AM.

I used to live here in the Bay Area and I don't miss it. Not at all. Ok, maybe the weather I miss on rainy days in Seattle, but that is about it.

There are too many people, everything is expensive as hell, and the south bay (where the mothership resides) has this awful strip-mall aesthetic.

Since becoming a gun owner, these trips to CA have been an exercise in silliness. I bring a gun always (checked luggage, its easy), but since CA has very restrictive gun laws, I have to make sure I pack only my 10 round magazine for the Glock. I can't carry it on me, so it stays in unloaded in a locked box in the trunk. Which does me little good. Today I went on a 5 mile walk down the Steven's Creek Trail and it was the first time I'd been out without a gun on me in more than 6 months. It felt weird. I resent being disarmed thusly - and while I understand I can technically open carry an unloaded gun in CA, that just does not seem like a good idea.

What kinda backward idiots make conceal carry illegal and provide for open carry? Ugh. I sure don't miss CA.

I hate being targeted by these restrictions when I'm a law abiding citizen.


  1. I went out to California once and only for a very special occasion - to see my son graduate from Marine Corp Boot Camp.

    I don't plan on going back unless it is for another special reason (younger son is thinking of enlisting).

    California is the leading nanny state around...not just for the right to keep and bear arms. Transfat, smoking laws, etc.

  2. I know how you feel. I had to fly to New York last week and have to fly to Massachusetts next week. From a Minnesota resident who has a license to carry and always carries being disarmed is disconcerting.

    The thing that surprised me the most though is New York's laws regarding any tool that could be used for self defense. If a tool can be used to protect yourself it's probably illegal to carry there. You sure can tell the place is run by thugs.