I was talking with one of my customers and he mentioned American Survival Guide.
Those of you who may have missed ASG's hey day back in the late 1990s, before it became little more than a marketing tool, really missed out on a good magazine. It ceased publication back in the early 2000s.
Of course, the conversation tuned to guns.
This guy isn't originally from California. He wanted to know where he could go buy an "evil black rifle" since all he had were bolt action hunting rifles and shotguns. The guy is an avid sportsman and loves to hunt but he expressed concern over the way things were going in this country. He never really thought that he would need to use his weapons to defend himself and his family, but now he's realizing that he might just have to.
Shotguns are great for close quarters, but over any distance, who would want to be doing a waltz while everyone else was gettin' down to rock 'n roll?
If you're one of the folks that were on the fence about owning a firearm, and never were really sure what all the chatter over "assault weapons" was about, be sure to click the link above for "evil black rifle". This post on another blog site boils it all down.
Sadly, buying an "assault weapon" in California these days is limited to Law Enforcement. After the 2000 Assault Weapons Ban (Senate Bill 23 Read it here) even possessing a non-registered "assault weapon" is a felony. Yes, all Californians were required to register their "assault weapons" at the time of passage of the bill. My guess is most did not. If you want to read a short FAQ that will make you cringe, cry, or steaming mad, you can read it here at the California Attorney General's website.
If you want to know more on the subject and court decisions, check out A California AR/AK Series Assault Weapons FAQ.
If you need a flowchart to figure things out, check this out: California Weapons Identification Flowchart
I suggested to him that he might want to have a family member still in his home state look into purchasing one. When I read the law, it didn't say anything about "gifts", but he still would not be legally allowed to bring it into the state.
So being Mr. or Mrs. Law Abiding Citizen, you find yourself once again screwed by the State. Now that you've got a mind to protect yourself and yours, they've limited, or more like e-limited, your choices.
We, the "gun nuts", have harped on the fact that history does not lie.
In any successful totalitarian state, the serfs must be unable to defend themselves or be so limited in their choice of arms to be effectively so.
The 20th Century provides excellent examples:
Turkey 1911: Gun control instituted. 1915-1917 1.5 million unfavored minorities dead
Soviet Union 1929: Gun control instituted. 1929-1953 20 million who voiced opposition to the Soviet regime executed.
China 1935: Gun control instituted. 1948-1952 20 million who voiced opposition to the Communists executed.
Germany 1938: Gun control instituted. 1938-1945 13 million unfavored minorities dead.
Guatemala 1964: Gun control instituted. 1964-1981 systematic extermination of Mayan Indians. 100,000+ dead.
Uganda 1970: Gun control instituted. 1971-1979 systematic extermination of Christians. Estimated 300,000+ dead.
Do you want to join the parade of dead, or do you want a fighting chance? If you don't already own and know how to use a firearm properly, take some of your tax refund and do yourself a favor.