Well, I bought a gun! Found a used Kel-Tec P32 in a gun shop. It's seems to be in decent shape, we'll see once I get to shoot in 10 days. It was overpriced ($350 + $75 in "state fees"), but that's the price you pay in Kali. I wanted a .380, but oh well, I'll give it a shot . According to the owner the Ruger LCP (what I was really after) is basically a clone of the Kel-Tec's, anyway, and they're advertised for the same price. By the way, if anyone is interested I found a couple of loopholes for California residents: 1. The LCP is legal for sale to Law Enforcement, meaning a cop friend can buy one and immediately sell it to you-through a gun dealer. Apparently some cops are doing this for profit already (per the gun shop guy, buying through him and selling back for $$$) 2. You can buy pretty much any gun you want provided it's already in Cali. Meaning if you can find it in a glass case at a gun store, it doen't matter if it meets the current Ca standards. This is the route I went, lots af driving around looking.