Now, even anti-gun Californians want guns

hy·poc·ri·sy /həˈpäkrəsē/ noun 1. the practice of claiming to have moral standards or beliefs to which one’s own behavior does not conform; pretense.

I must say I’m experiencing a bit of Schadenfreude nowadays — at least as much Schadenfreude as the current times will allow.
Oh those poor anti-gunners in California. For decades they’ve donated millions to anti-gun politicians for anti-gun legislation, posed for pictures with demanding moms and bombarded us with their unsolicited opinions about the evils of gun ownership.
And then the coronavirus crept into the Golden State.
Suddenly, they no longer feel safe in their mansions. Time to get a gun, right?
Well, not so fast. There’s a few hurdles to overcome first — hurdles of their own making.
Eat a 10-day waiting period with your granola, Californians. Wash down some background checks for lead-free ammo with your Chardonnay, and don’t even think about buying ammo online or in another state, since that too is illegal.
Make sure you select a handgun off the approved roster, but make a good choice, since you’re rationed to one handgun per month.
Want an AR — my pick for home defense? Bad news. You can only purchase California compliant rifles that are so far removed from what the rest of the country enjoys, you can’t  even call them an AR. Good luck finding standard capacity mags too. While they’re not yet illegal to possess, they’re illegal to import or to buy or sell.
If you get a handgun, don’t even think of carrying it unless you’re extremely wealthy, extremely politically connected or both, but even then it’s a crap shoot. And don’t bother trying for an out-of-state CCW permit, because California only honors one state’s CCW permit, California’s.
Flustered yet?
Well, Californians, you could always try that online loophole your favorite Senator, Dianne Feinstein, is constantly harping on. You know, that supposed website where you can buy a gun and have it shipped to your home without a background check.
There have been stories recently, since the virus broke, that California residents are emailing large national gun dealers trying to do just that — get guns shipped straight to their homes.
Ah, the hypocrisy — I can almost taste it.
Let’s not spoil the surprise by telling them this too is illegal, the website is a myth and that they’re going to have to wait in line at a gun shop like everybody else.
While I empathize with anyone who wants a firearm to protect themselves and their family — especially now — states like California, New Jersey, Hawaii and more are going to have to reap what they sow when it comes to gun restrictions, at least for now.
Our side has preached the benefits of self defense for decades and these anti-gunners have scoffed.
You’re less safe with a gun in your home, they’ve said.
Well, answer me this, Californians, you’d feel a little bit safer with a gun in your home now, wouldn’t you?

About Author

Lee Williams can’t remember a time in his life when he wasn’t shooting. Before becoming a journalist, Lee served in the Army and worked as a police officer. He’s earned more than a dozen journalism awards as a reporter, and three medals of valor as a cop. He is an NRA-certified law enforcement firearms instructor, an avid tactical shooter and a training junkie. When he’s not busy as a senior investigative reporter, he is usually shooting his AKs, XDs and CZs. If you don’t run into him at a local gun range, you can reach him at 941.284.8553, by email, or by regular mail to 1777 Main St., Sarasota, FL 34236. You can follow him on Twitter: @HT_GunWriter and on Facebook @The Gun Writer.


  1. you should do more research before writing an article. california is mostly anti gun except for some counties up north. i live in one of those counties and have had a ccw for many years and it is valid through the entire state. don’t put us all in the same category as the jerk-offs from frisco to la.

    • Your not kidding. Up in the rural counties you don’t see neutered weapons, there is 20 million guns in Ca with about 400 thousand or so being registered. And if your clean easy to get a ccw and from what I’ve seen the law don’t bother you or care about your weapons unless your a criminal or shooting a full auto might be different in liberal cities.

    • also, i’m sick of hearing that we got what we deserve because we voted for them. i’m a republican and i did not. we are out numbered by dem/liberals here and we have to deal with the bs. then there is always the moron that says ‘just pack up and leave that state’. obviously that person doesn’t think about family, children, grand children and the home that i built with my own hands. that person will probably never have the 40 acres in the mountains that i live on because his mentality would not allow him to stay when minor problems arise. get a grip people, we are not all weak and mentally deficient democrats. i also served in the military in 68 and am disabled because of it. i also have a 200 yd range on my property with multiple pistol stands. so don’t look down your nose at me thinking that you are better because you live a a free state, your not, and most of you know it all’ will never accomplish what i have in restricted ca.
      sincerely, previous new yorker

      • All true, but also true commiefornia needs to be forced away from free California into a seperate state.

  2. Thomas Bubniak on

    As I New Jersey resident, I can tell you that the majority of us didn’t actually want restrictions, the crackheads in Trenton put them in anyway.

  3. So what manufacturers are getting these requests? This only sounds anecdotal. I’m pro gun but can we get some hard facts instead of just something that sounds like a bar story.

  4. Harold Davis on

    I feel sorry for the many good people of California who have nothing to do with this communist takeover.

    • I do to. And you gotta hand it to CalGuns. They operate behind the lines every day, and do a damn find job trying to protect the few Second Amendment rights they have left.

  5. Most Gun Stores in the SF Bay Area are now closed by the local corrupt Politicians.

    People waiting 10 days for the “cooling off” period are out of luck.

    Gun stores were labeled like bars and places of entertainment, as non-essential. Only Big 5 is still open.

    Funny, we think of most of the people that are recent “converts” as the ones that probably voted against our gun rights and now finally see how important the 2nd Amendment really is. I’ve know plenty of idiots in the Tech field that vote Democrat but own guns. Not all of us that are pro 2nd Amendment are hicks that live in the North.

    Don’t tell us “right” thinking Californians to move to another state.
    That’s retreating. I doubt Virginians under Gov Northam are retreating.

    Sadly as CA goes, so goes the nation.

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  7. Any chance you can stop referring to Californians as a whole? I’ve lived in CA since the day I was born and I’ve never supported the state’s ridiculous gun restrictions.

    An unfortunate drawback of democracy is that sometimes it doesn’t go the way we want it to. But what exactly is your alternative to that? Overthrow our democratically-elected government?

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