SAF Issues Travel Advisory to Gun Owners: ‘Avoid 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.

Second Amendment Foundation“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.”

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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.

27 Comments On This Article

  1. California legislators are more worried about giving aid to people who are in this country illegally and welfare parasites than they are the safety and protection of their own citizens. Iwould say to the Californians who actually work and pay the outrageous taxes that support this insanity, if at all possible, move out of that state. When the limousine liberals realize that THEY are the only ones paying that state’s bills and supporting all the illegal aliens and welfare cheats, they will leave, too, and the state will go belly up. California is threatening to secede. I hope it does; then, they can fend for themselves

  2. Until now, I had thought of visiting California on one of my vacations, you know checking out The Golden State from the viewpoint of a northeastern dweller, but now that will be one thing on my bucket list that definitely doesn’t get checked off.

  3. Well perhaps if we’re lucky the liberal left in Calif. will fall off in the ocean and leave the rest of the conservative be it a very small part of the state in tact. As far as me and mine I was stationed in Cal. during my time in the Navy and we left in 1981 and have never returned and have no plans to ever visit that state again, I must say thought the Org and Wash other pressing the issue to be a Cal Clone

  4. Californicate, NJ, NY, and CT are almost as bad. MA is doing it’s best to catch up. I know WA and OR have ridiculous laws also, but I’m not aware of the full scope yet. I am a firm believer if anyone is injured as a result of not being allowed to protect themselves, then the body in charge has assumed the responsibilityand the liability to protect them. If they fail to, then sue the he11 out of them.

    • Anyone who has been harmed by bad guys and prevented from defending themselves should start a class action lawsuit against the anti-Constitutional state.

    • Exactly. don’t spend your cash in any of these places. When travelling i fill up before i go through MD or NY and don’t stop. Thank goodness for HR 218 or I would have too make some mighty big detours. Write your congressman and push them for reciprocity, it is long overdue.

  5. IBetter still, move out of the state. Move to the greatest state in the Union, ARKANSAS. We have great legislators who know the rights of its citizens. Our concealed carry laws are in accordance to the Constitution. And speaking of the Constitution, we are very proud of it and think it is the greatest piece of liteture ever written.

  6. It will be so good for the rest of the country when they finally sink into the Pacific ocean with their entire communist state and local government It’s
    only a matter of time when the big one hits.I will not send a single dime to help those mindless automatons that reside in that piece of shit state!!!

    • Hey easy my friend there’s alot of us proud Trump deplorables living here and I agree with you it sucks the communist anti-American globalist bastards that run this place or I should say running it into the ground Jerry Brown has got to be the biggest idiot on the planet a few fries short of a Happy Meal, but you’re right the Liberals are just complete ranging assholes here I’m looking into leaving the state myself I’ve had it.
      We pay three times as much as the rest of the nation for gasoline Jerry Brown just slapped on another huge gas tax on us it’s insane anything to pay for all the illegal cities flooding in here after he declared it a sanctuary state there is so many homeless people living here now it’s not even funny the river beds have thousands of people living in tents it’s so out of control and they want to succeed succeed from the Union and become their own country tell me that is not the stupidest thing you’ve ever heard. All I can say is I’m living here in this hell-hole and I only hope the guard Trump cuts off all federal funding to these idiots

  7. There are federal laws in place that can and should be used against the usurpers in the CA government. 1) Title 18, USC, Sec. 241 clearly dictates that “anyone” who conspires to deprive an American of rights that are “secured” by the U.S. Constitution, under the color of law, are guilty of a federal felony. This makes legislators that draft such statutes and the lobbyists and orgs that push them, guilty of this felony, and 2) Title 18, USC, Sec. 242, makes everyone that enforces such a “colorable” statute (the executive branch [the Governor, LEOs, D.A.s, etc.]) guilty of the federal felony of Deprivation of Rights secured by the U.S. Constitution under the color of law. The minimum penalty for the conviction of either of these crimes is one year in federal prison. The max is the death penalty.

  8. Try living in Maryland. They profess to be a CC state, but they are not. Even the NRA counts MD as a issuing state. But the fact is, law abiding citizens in Maryland don’t waste there time and or their money to apply, because they are always rejected for a CC permit.
    The MD state police govern the process here, just as bad as CA. You cannot obtain a CC permit in MD as a citizen…period. Not unless you can prove a “Good and Substantial” reason why you wish to carry a firearm to protect yourself and your family. Baltimore City is on a record homicide rate for CY 2017, and still, you cannot go anywhere in MD with a concealed handgun in your possession. If you are not LE, retired LE, or a business owner who deposits large suns of cash…you don’t stand a chance in this state. And as in CA, don’t expect any reciprocity in MD if you cross our borders…it will never happen here. We used to be known as the Free State, now we are known as the 2A Freedomless state.

  9. California will be selling recreational marijuana come January 1, they also offer sanctuary to illegal aliens, they violate federal laws all the time and have been for years. No one in Washington cares. We are prisoners here in California forced to live under the tyranny of one party rule. Hopelessness and dispair are our daily bread.

  10. Please advise our President of Zerker’s comments…..Justice Department appears well within the Law to dispatch U.S. Marshals with warrants. Arrest 20 or 30 politicians, slap each with $1M bonds, and run the Governor to prison for a year…Trump would do it to make the point……

  11. I live in California and besides the out-of-control anti-gun bills this state constantly passes, pissing on all legal gun owners, everything else is just getting out of control. I’m talking about the 14-cent hike on gas, the high cost of living, the increasing crowdedness in the Bay Area, the protection of known illegals from legal prosecution (the San Francisco shooting death of a tourist), and the continued early release of felons. I’m tired of paying taxes so that they can continue to piss on my rights. I’m looking forward to leaving this state for good.

    • i totally agree and have been saying that for at least 5 years now. i was very disappointed in the NRA having a meeting in cal. no gun owner or gun business or corp should plan anything in anti gun states. i have also stated for many years, it does not matter where you are at, whether it is state, federal, or private, if they deny you ability to protect yourself, then they are responsible for your protection and should be sued for as much as you can sue them, even if hurt in a court or airplane. sue, sue , sue..

  12. The pattern I see here is the cancer-like growth of more states joining the anti-constitutional movement. In my mind, going against the constitution is one of the worst crimes one can commit. I live in Colorado and in spite of the outdoor and hunting history in our state, I fully expect more attacks on the right to protect ourselves.

    • i think a lot of californians moved to colorado and changed you government. i hope your state gets pro-gunners together and changes things. i would hate to have to not go there but if it gets bad i won’t spend a dime there.

  13. You all are forgetting CHICAGO. Even if you are a police officer from a surrounding area and drive through the city, you stand to have your service weapon CONFISCATED. This happens on a regular basis, and your gun will be considered a “illegal firearm”, and will wind up on a display board at the next media run “dog and pony show” that the communist mayor Rahmberg Rabbid puts on in an effort to mislead the public about how many “illegal firearms” the Chicago PD has “gotten off the streets making the public safer”. Not to mention all the sporting arms people loose at a traffic stop while on the way through there on their way to deer hunt or trap shoot in Wisconsin or in Indiana……

  14. Retired LEO from Fla. living in should be here,the people that visit from CA.,WA.,OR.,they are litterly NUTS,did you know if you want to buy ammo for hunting,say 5.56,00 buck,slugs,9mm,.40 cal.etc,there is a 5 day waiting period,this is from my neighbor who lives there but vacations here.Try talking to any one from CA. you are the bad guy and they then blame TRUMP,the NRA and the GREAT STATE OF AZ.for having to laid back laws for weapons,I have talked to LEO’s in CA. even they are frustrated with how everything is run.When the BIG ONE hits AZ. will prime beach front property.

    • This is completely incorrect. There is no waiting period on any of the ammunition you mentioned, you can walk into most walmart and walk right out with it. Not to mention the thousands of hunting supply stores.
      As a retired LEO, I would expect you to know this type of info.
      Before going on rants based on “facts” from a neighbor, do some research.

  15. Don’t go to Calorfornia
    I certainly don’t
    Come to Florida!
    We love tourists
    We are gun friendly
    we honor concealed permits from most other states
    We offer concealed carry permits to non Florida residents from other states
    Philadelphia wont give you a ccw permit?
    Get a Florida non resident permit and Philly is forced to honor it!
    We have lots of tourist attractions and great weather
    Come on down, go to the range and rent some machine guns!