You can get "evil" rifles, just with certain features disabled. It's a real pain in the @$$ to understand, but you can get an AR, or AK with a fixed mag. Just gotta break it down and load the mag from the top.
You can also buy a SU-16 and a M1A. There are a few others, just look at the Cali DOJ site for the list and calguns.net is another good resource.
As for gun shops.. there was a thread before the site was revamped <sigh>. I have been going to Sportsmens Supply in Campbell (http://www.sportsmenssupply.com
) at the suggestion of other members on here. So far they have proved to be a good shop. I believe another one is City Guns or something in Half Moon Bay. Another is Imbert and Smithers or something like that. They are in San Carlos, but their prices are high. Pretty good stock of reloading supplies though.