Good explanation of the process, but rather than blame one particular ideology, It'd be more apt to blame a ridiculous bureaucracy that feeds off of these type of rules and regulations.There are just as many assanine conservative lawmakers who want to take away my freedom and force their religion down my throat. I also wonder if this process actually makes any money for California. I would have purchased ten times as many guns if the rules were more relaxed. That would include the taxes and the fees involved. The gun stores would benefit as well as the State. Like I said, I'm grown up enough to wait ten days for a handgun, but I'd rather wait three. California, is still a great State to live in and I just happen to be be a progressive who enjoys collecting firearms and who cherishes my Second Amendment rights. I try to explain to my more liberal buddies that it's easier for a bad guy to get a gun than it is for me to get one legally, but no dice.