Reverend73 wrote:No you do not have to register your firearm here in California as you are only visiting.I've been reading extensively (the pamphlets, forms, laws etc) on califoriniaopencarry.org and have one question. I may be visiting california this summer and would like to UOC. Do I have to register the pistol prior to UOC or is it not required.
While thinking about UOC and trying to minimize the time required to get a round in battery in the shortest amount of time if necessary I had a thought. Here in VA, I OC and use a Blackhawk Serpa holster. With this holster, with my HK USP, I am able to carry the pistol with the slide locked back, while locked in the holster. There are some disadvantages to this (catching your arm on the sharp points of the slide is one), but the advantage is a quicker load, and easier for the LEO to verify unloaded.
Carrying with the slide locked back is simply advertising, to those who haven't studied the law, that you are carrying an unloaded weapon. I would thing that about 90% of the populationwon't know that it is unloaded if there is an empty magazine in the mag well and the slide is forward. Carrying with the slide locked back defeats any deterrant effect that open carry provides.
It takes me about 1 - 2 seconds maximum to do the following:draw weapon, drop empty mag, insert mag, rack slide.