In many "free states" concealed carry is a way of life, and places like Texas are considerably safer than Southern California. As it currently stands, California is divided by counties for getting approval for a CCW. So if you live in a tiny county in Northern California that is far away from the population, you can get a CCW provided you have a clean background. In counties like Los Angeles and Orange, you have to provide a reason to get a CCW and even then it isn't very likely. I've heard that owning your own business in which you transport a lot of cash or jewelry you might have a shot. Regular law abiding tax paying citizen? Not a chance. There is a glimmer of hope that may help Californians others who live in oppressively controlled states.
The Firearms Coalition Policy has rallied over 20 states and others to bring a case to the Supreme Court. This essence of this suit is that concealed carry applies to all who are eligible to own a firearm. Check out this little snippet from their site:
Importantly, this case is the first to reach the U.S. Supreme Court and ask the Court to confirm that the right to bear arms must and does mean that all Americans who are not otherwise prohibited from possessing firearms must not be denied a license to carry, and that the only “good cause” one needs is the existence of the right to self defense itself. Such an outcome would force all states and local governments, including local sheriffs, who issue such licenses to be de facto “shall-issue” and non-arbitrary. This case – and its sister cases like Richards v. Prieto out of California (currently pending a decision at the Ninth Circuit) – is a key program component for restoring the Constitution.
Well, the wheels of government turn slowly and I don't expect a speedy outcome to this case. On the flip side I genuinely think this could be a land mark case that helps restore rights to many across the country. I'll keep you posted with more information as it comes along. In the mean time vist FPC for you'd like to read all the court docs.