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Capitol Alert_ Assembly Passes Ban on Carrying Unloaded Handguns in Public

Capitol Alert_ Assembly Passes Ban on Carrying Unloaded Handguns in Public

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The latest on California politics and government
June 1, 2010

Assembly passes ban on carrying unloaded handguns in public
Legislation to outlaw the carrying of unloaded handguns in public was passed Tuesday by the Assembly. The measure, Assembly Bill 1934, received the bare-minimum number of votes necessary, passing 41-25, with Republicans opposed. The bill was crafted in response to a protest movement, " Open Carry," in which activists wield unloaded guns in public places to publicize opposition to gun-control laws as well as difficulties in obtaining concealed-weapons permits . Supporters of AB 1934 said that current law places police in an untenable position, responding to reports of gun-wielding pedestrians but unable legally to demand that such protesters show identification or proof that their weapon is registered . Opponents countered that AB 1934 would infringe on Californians' right to bear arms and to protest peacefully in whatever manner they choose. State law bans the carrying of loaded firearms in public, but not unloaded weapons. AB 1934 would make it a misdemeanor, punishable by up to six months in jail, to carry an exposed, unloaded gun in a public place or on a public street inside a city or in prohibited unincorporated areas of a county . The bill contains numerous exceptions, including display of a firearm by a peace officer, authorized military organization, firearm dealer, or by a licensed hunter while engaged in that sport. AB 1934 now goes to the Senate.

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daBluman wrote on 06 /02/2010 01:49 :06 PM:

Replying to nnaa (06/02/2010 11:59: 16 AM): "Someone walks into a fastfood restaurant, sitting on the next table, put his or her gun on the table . Whether it is loaded or not, I'll walk out from the restaurant ASAP and never come back again. If I am the cashier of the restaurant, I'll call 911 before it's too late. How are you supposed to know whether this person is a potential robber or not ?":

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6/2/2010 5:38:37 PM

Capitol Alert: Assembly passes ban on carrying unloaded handguns in public Actually potential robbers do not telegraph their intent by walking into a restaurant with an openly carried gun. If they do then they take to their illegal business and do not sit down to have lunch first. You are one more person who does not have a lick of common sense trying to regulate my law abiding behavior because you have unfounded fears .
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whatsupnow wrote on 06 /02/ 2010 01:22 :08 PM:

Oh great, more opportunities for gangsters to use their illegal loaded guns by completely disarming law abiding heroes. Smart move to protect citizens while more drug gangs are pouring illegally over our borders. Not!
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rkiplingsif wrote on 06 /02/ 2010 12:34 :35 PM:

I'm more concerned about thugs illegally carrying concealed weapons that are loaded. Our legislators are wasting time with this law. Perhaps we need to outlaw the practice of legislators brandishing unloaded craniums while in session.
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nnaa wrote on 06/02 /2010 11: 59:16 AM:

Someone walks into a fastfood restaurant , sitting on the next table, put his or her gun on the table. Whether it is loaded or not, I'll walk out from the restaurant ASAP and never come back again. If I am the cashier of the restaurant, I'll call 911 before it's too late. How are you supposed to know whether this person is a potential robber or not ?
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timorgan wrote on 06 /02/ 2010 11:47 :26 AM:

Yes pisdry,

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Always treat a gun as though it were loaded: they have NO PLACE IN PUBLIC PLACES. I strongly suspect if you compared murder rates your spurious criticism of British gun restrictions would disintegrate .
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DanDawson_ wrote on 06/02 /2010 11 :45:51 AM:

Replying to vstet428 (06/ 02/2010 08:48:35 AM): "people getting all worked up over nothing. the bill says you cant carry around an EXPOSED UNLOADED firearm. carry and conceal licenses are still in effect , they just don 't want anyone getting freaked out because people are protesting with guns (loaded or not). get some maturity and read the whole article before you start complaining ! your second amendment rights

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Capitol Alert: Assembly passes ban on carrying unloaded handguns in public
are not at stake. is it really that hard to just leave your gun at home or conceal it if you take it out? no. most of the... ":

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There are concealed carry laws on the books, but it is left up to the sole discretion of the local Sheriff in most cases if he chooses to issue the permit. The wording of the law says the Sheriff "may issue" the permit, instead of the wording "shall issue." So in most counties, even if you meet every single requirement of the law, the Sheriff can still deny the issuance of the permit at his own discretion
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timorgan wrote on 06 /02/ 2010 11:45 :42 AM:

Hey gun nuts, the "right" the right-wingers on the Supreme Court read into the 2d Amendment is the right to BEAR arms, not BARE arms. Take your nonsense out of my field of vision, please.
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pisdbry wrote on 06/ 02/2010 10 :25: 14 AM :

In Britain where guns are outlawed and highly regulated only the criminals have guns everone else gets stabbed all the time. Is that what you want? Calle me a gun nut. The real nuts are the ones who buy guns without the training to handle one- THAT should be regulated . 40 hours of training before you can own one -NOT A BAN . Always handle a gun like it is loaded. Never point it at anyone unloaded or not unless you intend to shoot. Store it where only you have access lock and key or safe or CSW . Never Never put it where a child or immature adult has easy access NEVER. Other wise
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iknowthetruth wrote on 06 /02/2010 09:48 :22 AM :
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I guess I'll just carry a samurai sword and machete.
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