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New Open Carry Gun Ban Bill Introduced by Portantino

AB 1527 follows up on Portantino's successful legislation from last year banning the open carry of unloaded hand guns by extending the ban to unloaded shotguns and rifles.

A bill introduced by Anthony Portantino, D-La Cañada Flintridge, would ban rifles, shotguns and other long guns from being openly displayed in public, even while unloaded.

Portantino wrote in a press release that the bill is inspired by guns right protest groups that openly carry long guns in public.  He noted that , the bill he introduced last year barring the open carry of handguns, the groups began to show up instead with automatic rifles and shotguns at rallies.

“Last year, the state made it clear that this type of behavior had no place on Main Street, California,” Portantino wrote. “Unfortunately, the Open Carry community has decided to once again force our hand by escalating their unnecessary activities and entering our communities with AR-15s and other long guns. I had hoped cooler heads would have prevailed and this law wouldn’t be necessary, obviously that hasn’t been the case and I must once again take action to ensure the safety of our communities.”

California Right to Carry, a , was swift to condemn Portantino and his new legislation.

"Portantino is an idiot," wrote Charles Nichols, the president of California Right to Carry. "By banning long guns in public, Portantino makes it impossible for the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals to conclude that long guns carried in public are an alternative to openly carried handguns. The Federal Courts take a dim view on complete bans of anything and both the US Supreme Court and the California Supreme Court have already held that such bans are unconstitutional."

Portantino noted that his legislation provides "exemptions to enable safe transportation, lawful hunting, and use by law enforcement officials."

He expects the bill to begin hearings in March or April.

Marcus February 12, 2012 at 06:22 PM
I'm not against gun ownership since hunting seems to be a popular sport and defending your home is such a key part of some citizens lives. But keep it at home. Do you really need to bring your AR15 to Ralph's? Are we really still in danger of being invaded by the English King again? Personally, our Police force do a tough job, but they are trained to handle violent situations. I'd rely on them any day over mine or any neighbors experience with a weapon. Btw: Does the pro-gun lobby want to expand guns in public in California? Everywhere? In bars? In churches? In schools? Colleges? Political rallies? The courts? In banks? Airports? ....On a plane? Keep it in the home. Not in public thanks. I fear more for the crazy road rage driver on the freeway than someone robbing me just outside of Sworks.
RSanders July 20, 2012 at 09:27 PM
Not to put too fine a point on it, because I AGREE with the point you are making, but as a manner of thinking please remember always to phrase constitutional issues correctly. - The "Bill of Rights" is a 'nickname' for the first 10 Amendments. - Neither the Constitution nor the "Bill of Rights" Amendments "gives good citizens the RIGHT to..." x, y, or z. - The Constitution and all Amendments very specifically RECOGNIZE and codify NATURAL RIGHTS that you already have. i.e. you ALREADY HAVE the NATURAL RIGHT to own, carry, and use whatever items or means you deem necessary to defend your person and property, on your own private or any public location not otherwise restricted due to a superior and correctly codified legal interest of the state. The 2nd Amendment simply RECOGNIZES that this right of all citizens, which already exists, applies specifically to prevent the Federal Government or any subject State or municipality from restricting Arms (weapons) that you may decide to keep and bear for that or any other legal purpose. Some argue that this applied to larger 'arms' such as President George Washington's home protection cannons and other artillery used by various founding fathers. Others get a bit semantic and argue it applies only to any 'armament' that you can personally 'carry'.
Marcus July 20, 2012 at 11:42 PM
Which law was introduced to tell us what to eat? And there's me thinking this latest congress was way too interested in overturning the new healthcare law to do anything else? Which other rights were overturned? Right to Free speech? right to vote? Right to jury trial? or is it that you just didn't vote for the incumbant President?
Marcus July 20, 2012 at 11:48 PM
I think Jerry A has a right to defend his home and family. But I also think that NOT every gun owner is a good shot. i.e. just because you own a gun doesn't mean you will win in a firefight. I'd rather put my money on 911 bringing in the Pros. And if there was a gun fight in the street, I'd hope that it was Navy Seal training behind that weapon coming to my rescue rather than my neighbor who practiced at the range once a month.
Michael Pedersen August 29, 2012 at 06:05 AM
Um that happens here only the police do the killing in the bar. A former classmate of mine was breaking up a fight and got shot by the cop who was fighting with another patron. The cop is on trial for murder. http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/lanow/2011/12/man-shot-and-killed-at-murrieta-bar.html

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