Cops in California Confiscate Firearm From ‘Open Carry’ Activist
At the end of last year, for example, Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law Assembly Bill 144, which banned the open carry of an unloaded handgun (it was already against the law to carry a loaded handgun). Starting on Jan. 1st of this year, openly carrying a handgun (whether loaded or unloaded) is a misdemeanor offense, with offenders facing up to one year in jail and a potential fine of $1,000.
Now, the mastermind behind AB 144, Assemblyman Anthony Portantino (D-Pasadena), is at it again, and this time he has his eyes set on banning unloaded long guns in public places, as Guns.com reported last week.
The bill he’s proposed, AB 1527, would – like the handgun ban – make it a misdemeanor to carry an unloaded long gun (it’s already illegal to carry a loaded one) in public areas unless one is a licensed hunter or a peace officer.
“Open-carry activists have decided to push the envelope,” Portantino told the Daily Breeze.com. “That’s an alarming sight – to see folks with rifles and shotguns over their shoulders around families.
“Let’s act like reasonable people and make the world safer,” he added. “If you’re carrying a shotgun, you have no business being in a Starbucks.”…(Con’t)