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California (/ˌkælᵻˈfɔːrnjə/ KAL-ə-FORN-yə, /ˌkælᵻˈfɔːrniə/ KAL-ə-FAWR-nee-ə) is the most populous state in the United States as well as the third most extensive by area. Los Angeles, in Southern California, is the state's most populous city and the country's second largest after New York City. California also includes the nation's most populous county, Los Angeles County, and the largest county by area, San Bernardino County. Geographically located in the western part of the United States, California is bordered by the other U.S. states of Oregon to the north, Nevada to the east, and Arizona to the southeast. California shares an international border with the Mexican state of Baja California to the south and the Pacific Ocean is on the state's western coastline. The state capital is Sacramento, which is located in the northern part of the state.
What is now California was first settled by various Native American tribes before being explored by a number of European expeditions during the 16th and 17th centuries. It was then claimed by the Spanish Empire as part of Alta California in the larger territory of New Spain. Alta California became a part of Mexico in 1821 following its successful war for independence, but was ceded to the United States in 1848 after the Mexican–American War. The western portion of Alta California was organized as the State of California, which was admitted as the 31st state on September 9, 1850. The California Gold Rush starting in 1848 led to dramatic social and demographic changes, with large-scale immigration from the east and abroad with an accompanying economic boom.
California's diverse geography ranges from the Sierra Nevada in the east to the Pacific Coast in the west, from the redwood–Douglas fir forests of the northwest, to the Mojave Desert areas in the southeast. The center of the state is dominated by the Central Valley, a major agricultural area. California contains both the highest point (Mount Whitney) and the lowest point (Death Valley) in the contiguous United States. Earthquakes are common because of the state's location along the Pacific Ring of Fire. About 37,000 earthquakes are recorded each year, but most are too small to be felt. Drought has also become a notable feature.
California has had an enormous influence on global popular culture due to being the birthplace of the film industry, the hippie counterculture, the Internet, and the personal computer. The state's economy is centered on finance, government, real estate services, technology, and professional, scientific and technical business services; together comprising 58% of the state's economy. Three of the world's largest 20 firms by revenue, Chevron, Apple, and McKesson, are headquartered in the state. Although only 1.5% of the state's economy, California's agriculture industry has the highest output of any U.S. state. If it were a country, California would be the 6th largest economy in the world and the 35th most populous.

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  1. Joe Link

    Other State  California Tries New Tack on Gun Violence: Ammunition Control

    California Tries New Tack on Gun Violence: Ammunition Control
  2. Joe Link

    Other State  California legislators move to tighten gun laws

    California legislators move to tighten gun laws
  3. fredball

    CALIFORNIA CAR FIRE SIMULATION

    Active Norcal - Simulation of the Carr Fire using... - Facebook
  4. T

    Federal court blocks magazine ban in California 7 17 18

    NRA-ILA | Federal Court Upholds Decision to Block California’s Magazine Ban
  5. Joe Link

    Other State  ‘I can’t be a felon’: Gun owners sue California over faulty weapon registration system

    ‘I can’t be a felon’: Gun owners sue California over faulty weapon registration system
  6. CountryGent

    Other State  California Gun Groups Sue Over Faulty Registration System

    <broken link removed> Unconstitutional laws, egregious governmental incompetence, and law-abiding citizens put at risk: pretty much everything the anti-freedom crew loves. :rolleyes:
  7. Joe Link

    Other State  California Gangs Increasingly Make Their Own Guns

    California Gangs Increasingly Make Their Own Guns | The Crime Report
  8. Joe Link

    Other State  Court nixes challenge to rare California bullet stamping law

    Court nixes challenge to rare California bullet stamping law
  9. trikerdon

    Other State  Tyranny: Calif. Farmer Thrown In Jail After Complying With Gun Registration Law

    California has imposed a plethora of strict gun control laws that appear to be more about discouraging lawful gun ownership than preventing crime and violence. Tyranny: Calif. Farmer Thrown In Jail After Complying With Gun Registration Law
  10. Tony617

    Other State  California Senate panel moves to restrict police use of force

    California Senate panel moves to restrict police use of force
  11. trikerdon

    Bill Whittle Keeping the AR-15 California Legal

    Interesting video on gun control AR-15 owners in California now have to register as "owners of assault weapons." Where's the 2nd amendment protection here?
  12. ATCclears

    California introduces new law restricting people to 55 gal water per day

    Perhaps they are preparing for the long-term aridification of the Southwest? New California Law Limits How Much Water People Can Use snippet: California is now the first state in the nation to enact tough new water-efficiency standards. The controversial rules limit how many gallons a...
  13. C

    Other State  A California Legislator appeared on Fox

    The man came one and flatly stated that if California AR-15 owners wouldn't participate in a "buy back" program they would confiscate them and charge the otherwise law-abiding owners with felony possession of an "Assault Weapon". They're on their way, kids and this won't be pretty.
  14. RicInOR

    Other State  California Cities Are Free to Regulate Gun Stores Out of Existence

    California Cities Are Free to Regulate Gun Stores Out of Existence California Cities Are Free to Regulate Gun Stores Out of Existence More Second Amendment setbacks in the Golden State when the Supreme Court declines to take a case about city zoning
  15. Joe Link

    Other State  Giant California teacher pension system targets gun sellers

    Giant California teacher pension system targets gun sellers
  16. RicInOR

    CA A.B. 2382 - Firearms Parts Ban Introduced CA Legislature!

    Via Ol' Remus Woodpile Report here's the text: Bill Text - AB-2382 Firearms: firearm precursor parts.
  17. Fishonshawn

    10+ rd mags, California.

    I just ordered a pistol that comes with 2 14rd magazines. The place I ordered it from has a store in California and one in Texas. They only had my gun in stock in the Texas store, or so it said on their website. When I placed my order I was thinking to bad they didn't have one in the Cali store...
  18. Nick Burkhardt

    9th Circuit upholds California mag ban.

    I am not sure if I missed a thread about this on here, but the 9th Circuit Court upheld California's ban on magazines that hold more than 10 rounds. Bad news for the rest of us in the West. California’s Ban on Gun Magazines Survives Challenge
  19. CountryGent

    National  Supreme Court Refuses to Hear Challenge to California Gun Law

    It looks like the Supremes aren't going to hear a couple challenges to California's bullplop gun laws: Supreme Court Refuses to Hear Challenge to California Gun Law