Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Second Amendment Gun Rights - #3316 - California Bans Open Carry of Handguns - The Blaze

California became the fifth state to prohibit openly carrying handguns in public after Gov. Jerry Brown announced Monday that he had signed the ban into law late Sunday night amid heavy opposition from gun enthusiasts. AB144 by state Assemblyman Anthony Portantino, D-Pasadena, makes it a misdemeanor to carry an exposed and unloaded gun in public or in vehicles, with violators facing up to a year in prison or a potential fine of $1,000 when the law takes effect on Jan 1. The bill exempts hunting and shooting events and does not apply to those who are given permits to carry a concealed weapon by law enforcement authorities. The Blaze reported in early September on the bill’s passage in the California State Senate. Gun advocates and most Republican lawmakers have criticized the law, saying it targets law-abiding citizens. .............State Assemblyman Tim Donnelly, R-Hesperia, said Brown sent the message that he has no respect for the Constitution.  “There are risks to living in a free state, and for the governor to take away and chisel away at the Second Amendment right when he claimed to respect it, it just kind of shows his true colors,” Donnelly said.  “It’s really a form of tyranny,” he said of the ban.  In addition to the ban on open-carry handguns, the San Francisco Chronicle reports that Brown signed into law a bill that will require that the information from purchasers of long guns, such as rifles and shotguns, be retained by the state Department of Justice in the same way information about handgun purchasers is retained.  Read more..........

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