I don't mean to offend. In general I'm a bit sensitive on this as I feel nothing but sorrow when I hear gun rights' sympathizers, if not activists, who must
stick together criticize someone they basically agree with but disagree over a technicality and end up at each other's throats. This happens to me anytime I post on a gun board about something.
I do admire your move to a place with laws more to your chosen way of life. It is a statement of its own. Did you compose and send a letter to your governor about it? I've composed mine to the Governator many times (in my head).
Tell me when they take away the right to own everything but an airsoft pistol at some point would you even consider jetting?
First of all, there is a reasonable chance I'll leave the state in the somewhat near future, within say a year or 2, for what I consider much less important reasons. I do think CA is the best place in the world for me from a climate/terrain/career standpoint.
However, it is very expensive, housing is way overpriced and there are more laws I disagree with every year. I have to take a bit of this as my fault as I am certainly not as active as I could be in political issues.
I've had this discussion many times with my GF who I live with, including last weekend after a local gun shop owner told us, "your watch battery will outlast your right to own a gun in this state".
If CA went through with a serious gun ban, say the banning of weapons with a detatchable magazine (the focus of our hypothetical), I would be left with 3 options:
1) Shoot it out with the authorities when they come to take them, and most certainly be killed (what the GF envisions/fears I would do)
3) Stay and become radically active in government
Turning in my guns to the government I don't think I can do, so that kinda rules out 3. I also think being a martyr is highly overrated. So I'd almost certainly take option 2.