Be it as it is, I own a mini out here in Ca. I can't say anything pro or con on Mr.Ruger, but I DO know that my mini-14 is not or needs to be "reg" out here as a AW, unlike AK spinoff's, etc. Whether those who wrote up the infamous SB23 which is Ca's updated AWB law, figured Mr.Ruger was playing along with the gun control bit or not, I don't know. I simply know this. I didn't have to turn in paperwork or 25.00 dollars in 2000 so my mini could be on some legal beagle hit list here in Ca as a weapon to be possibly confiscated as a AW. Doesn't mean those with a gun hatered in charge WON'T come after it, but at least it's not on the infamous Ca "AW reg list". This may or may not be a good thing, but I CAN at least sell it here in Ca if and when I want and someone is dumb enough to buy it, as I was. Is this right ? Heck no, but we're run by those elected with a rabid anti firearm agenda. I know it's the voter's fault, but there isn't that much interest here with the public regarding pro-firearm laws. Everyone is worried about gas, what club to go to and be seen at, what's the newest flavor down at Starbucks, and "where you'd get those "hot" sneakers"... What's a simple lawful gun owner going to do ? I own 3 Rugers. The mini, a Vaq in 45 and a Blackhawk. Am I going against the cause ? 6 of one, half a dozen of the other I guess.