I too have family in Kalifornia. The gun won't do you any good unloaded & locked in the trunk of the car. Unless you can keep it on you (which you legally can't) it will become a constant worry even when locked in the trunk. The car could still be stolen or broken into. My advice is to leave the gun home When you get to Kalifornia, go to a gun store (Turner's is good, but there are others) and buy a good pepper spray to keep with you. That, and situational awareness should keep you out of trouble for a week. If you fly home, leave the pepper spray as a wedding gift!