I know this is probably covered here somewhere but I wanted to know what if somebody could post up the law that says a Loaded magazine is considered a loaded FIREARM when transporting in a car.
There is no such law.
What's the best way to transport in CA if you are a everyday Open Carrier?
In an exposed holster on your belt - unless you have to enter a "school zone"... then use your trunk.
Do you have to load and unload mags every time you get in and out of your car?
Magazines can't be "loaded" in the legal sense; only firearms can. Rounds in or out of a magazine makes no difference unless that mag is inserted in the mag well.
As far as the firearm is concerned I understand that you can transport your pistol in the passenger compartment but it just has to be in a locked container correct?
Sorry for all the questions , I've known some or all this at 1 time but I still get confused and mixed up about it.
And is a loaded magazine on your person outside of a car considered a firearm at all(kinda know this one)?
Again, magazines cannot be 'loaded' in the legal sense. There are no firearm carry laws that apply differently when in your car or out.
If not the is it ok to conceal your mag holster?
This may be construed as a violation of 12025 as a "concealed firearm" due to some bad case law. Technically, the decision only makes it illegal to conceal a mag (or other integral gun part) if it serves the purpose of making the weapon ready to fire. In any case, it's probably best not to conceal mags... unless you really wanna go through the ringer to try to overturn bad case law.
I ask because I don't wear tucked shirts, I'm already going to be using a drop leg holster so my shirts and coat won't cover the pistol.