California is a state where officials pride themselves on tightening the screws on gun owners. The state even spends tens of millions of dollars it doesn’t really have to stumble its way through an ill-conceived scheme to confiscate guns from people over felony convictions, varieties of mental illness, drug use, domestic violence allegations—even 40-year-old marijuana busts and screwed-up hospital documentation.
But it’s a losing battle. Even in a political environment where villainizing guns and gun owners is a winning tactic, the ranks of the same are beyond officials’ grasp, and growing.
California’s gun owners, and their guns, are here to stay.