So in a little over a month I'm taking a trip down to California to see some family. I obviously know I can't carry down there at all, but being it's a very long drive with half of it in California and anything can happen, I would like to have some protection with me. I looked into California's laws, and found this relating to vehicle carry, "Carrying a handgun concealed within a vehicle is prohibited without a license. A handgun carried in a glove compartment or under the seat of a vehicle is considered to be concealed. A handgun placed in the trunk of an automobile, or locked in a container in the vehicle other than the utility or glove compartment or while in a locked container carried directly to or from a vehicle is deemed not to be “concealed.” A locked container means a fully enclosed secure container locked by a key lock or similar locking device." From this, I'm basically getting if it's in the trunk, or in a locked container, that I can have it in the car. What I'm thinking is getting something like this http://www.gunvault.com//nano-vault/nano-vault-100.html and having it secured underneath the seat of my car. By law, this would be legal correct? Another question is, with it in there, am I able to have it loaded like I normally do with 1 in the chamber and a full mag? Or do I have to have it in another condition such as none in the chamber, but the mag in, magazine out but can still be in the box, magazine not in the same location, or god forbid, magazine unloaded and in a different location? I read this about it being loaded, but not sure if it being in a locked container and is considered carrying it, as it's more or less being transported. Here's what I found on loaded firearms, "It is unlawful to carry a loaded rifle, shotgun, or handgun in any public place or on any public street in an incorporated area or an area where firing a firearm is prohibited. In California, a firearm is considered loaded if unexpended ammunition capable of being used in the firearm is attached in any manner to the firearm." So from everything, what's my best option here to stay legal and have a somewhat readily available (have to be stopped of course, get the key, unlock the box from under the seat) firearm on the trip down there. From how I'm reading it and interpreting it, I can have it in the lockbox, but it has to have no ammunition in it (attached to the firearm), but the mag can be loaded in the same container. And yes I know I can't have my normal 15rd mag down there, I have to get a 10rd one.