I've heard of this many times before, and I know I could Google it, but I'd like to hear some local opinions and explanations.
You'll love this. It's essentially a hollow alluminum cylinder that goes around the magazine release so you can only drop the mad by sticking a this tool (like a bullet tip) into it. It satisfies the fixed magazine requirment so it's not an assault weapon.
Concealed carry requires a permit that can be refused for any reason ("May Issue" as apposed to "Shall Issue"). If you live in or near any large city and are not in bed with an official you have little to no chance of getting approved. Open carry of a loaded handgun is prohibited. Some citizens began carrying unloaded firearms in strict compliance with the law (IIRC you had to have no magazine in the gun). This was a bit much for the tender sensibilities of the state officials, so they banned that too recently. This puts the state in a precarious position legally, as there is essentially no longer a way for a commoner to exercise the "bear" portion of RKBA. It looks like California is now in violation of the Second Amendment per the U.S. Supreme Court's recent Heller and McDonald decisions. I'm sure the Second Amendment Foundation will get around to suing them sooner or later, but I'm not sure they're done with Chicago yet.
Taku, beleive me when I say we faught every step of the way. We still fight. It's just a losing battle.
taku ... relax I do not think it is as severe as some folks promote. In California it is the local city police chief, or county sheriff that issues the CCW permit. As noted above a few cities in the large metropolitan areas pretty much do not think anyone has a good reason to carry a gun. I am not sure that the need to have a good reason to carry a gun still applies in California as Sacramento County use to be one of the counties that would not issue to the commoner. Today I hear it is pretty much 'Shall issue', as are most counties. I do not think the constitution mentions 30 round magazines. Folks that think they need to carry a dozen 30 round magazines get their short in a tight wad when California bans such magazines. Ten round magazines are okay in California, but the fearful horde believe it is their constitutional right to carry thirty round magazines and it is a conspircy in California to deny them their rights. I think they might be fortunate that California has not limited them to flintlocks, as existed at the time of the signing of the constitution. It seems simple to me, the more people there are, the more guns become more of a problem than a benefit. Simply because people are essentially no dam good ... they lie, steal, cheat and kill other people ... sometimes just because they are bored.
Believe me, if I had the funds to move, a job waiting for me, and admission to another college I would leave in a heartbeat for free America. Unfortunately that is not the case. Until then, if I have to neuter my firearms temporarily to avoid a felony conviction for illegal possession of an assault weapon, that's what I've got to do.