The Second Amendment Foundation today took an extraordinary step Monday by issuing a first-of-its-kind “travel advisory” to American gun owners, warning them to stay out of California.
“Right now,” said SAF founder and Executive Vice President Alan Gottlieb, “I wouldn’t suggest to any gun owner that they even travel through the state, much less to it as their final destination.”
The Golden State has been a tourist magnet for generations, with Disneyland, Hollywood, ocean beaches, Yosemite and thousands of other attractions. But over the past 25-40 years, Californians have been moving out, heading to Washington, Oregon, Arizona, southern Idaho, western Montana, Colorado, Arizona and elsewhere. Years ago in the Evergreen State, the influx of Californians moving to the Puget Sound area caused the natives to declare, “Don’t Californicate Washington.” Similar sentiments have been expressed by locals in many of the other states that have seen an influx of California refugees.
But Gottlieb’s advisory has nothing to do with the people, and everything to do with the state’s gun laws. California gun laws are among the strictest in the nation, and critics say they are getting worse.
by David Workman