ironglow, I refuse to live, work, visit or otherwise enrich any such state. If all gun owning tourists stayed away from such places they would soon feel the pinch.
I wish I could do that. I was born in California, lived most of my life thus far there, and served in law enforcement there. Much of my family still lives there. It wasn't always the bastion of "Nanny State Tyrany" it has become. It used to have a thriving shooting sports culture, evidenced by companies like Sierra Bullets that started there, or Weatherby, or RCBS, or Pachmyr, or a host of others I could name. What changed is urbanization.... Back when the balance of power in Sacramento favored country folk and even up to the time there was a 50/50 balance of political power between urbanites and rual communities, government there wasn't so hell-bent on being your surrogate parent.
The more urbane a society gets, the more isolated from reality it becomes. Still, what is supposed to happen is that the Constitution should protect the rights of the minority against the tyrany of a majority. No matter how urbane U.S. society gets as a whole, "gun control" SHOULD be a settled "non issue" as long as the Second Ammendment remains in full force and effect. It SHOULD be universally considered intellectually dishonest to seek gun control in this country, just as it SHOULD be intellectually dishonest to seek control on free speech, the right to peaceably assemble, and so on.
Thanks to "incrementalization," it is difficult to see how much freedom you don't have as a born and raised Californian until you escape to a place like Oklahoma, as I did. Only when I was away from constant government nannying did I fully appreciate how pervasive government has become in workaday life in California. There is absolutely NO WAY I would ever want to return to living there. And it isn't just the tyranical stance on gun control, but the absolutely insane level of government regulation that occurs there in virtually every aspect of human existance. It saddens me that my home state has become more closely allied with European socialism than the pricniples of personal responsibility, rugged individualism, and liberty that used to be halmarks of what it meant to be an American.