Second Amendment group issues ‘travel advisory’ for California-bound gun owners
By Chris Eger
A national gun rights organization warned in a public advisory Monday those headed to or through the Golden State with firearms could face prosecution.
The Washington-based Second Amendment Foundation contends in their first-ever travel advisory that gun laws as they stand in California are very different from the rest of the country, and could land some in hot water.
“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,” said Alan Gottlieb, SAF’s executive vice president.
One sticking point for Gottlieb is the fact that the state with the largest population in the country refuses to recognize concealed carry permits and licenses issued in other states. Even permit holders from other neighboring states, such as Nevada and Oregon, cannot legally carry a firearm while visiting California.
“If you are licensed to carry in your home state,” Gottlieb said, “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.”
In fact, it’s hard for Californians to get carry permits as well. While police chiefs and sheriffs across the state may issue CCWs at their discretion to adult