Skip to comments.California Senate rejects open-carry gun ban
Posted on 08/31/2010 6:42:39 PM PDT by marktwain
SACRAMENTO, Calif.The California Senate rejected a bill Monday that would have made it illegal to carry unloaded guns in public, but lawmakers will give the vote one more try.
Monday's 20-16 vote fell one short of the majority needed, but the Senate will reconsider the measure Tuesday.
The bill, AB1934, was introduced after a series of demonstrations by gun-rights organizations during which they encouraged participants to openly carry unloaded weapons. California law lets gun owners carry a rifle or handgun in a holster if it is not loaded.
The legislation would make it a misdemeanor to openly carry a handgun in any public place.
Democratic Sen. Mark DeSaulnier of Concord, who carried the bill in the Senate, said people often call police when they see weapons in public, not knowing whether they are loaded.
"I do not want to take weapons away from law-abiding citizens," he said. "The Supreme Court has said we can put reasonable controls over handguns, and that's what this is."
Opponents said the restriction is just the latest attempt to discourage firearms.
"We have something called the Second Amendment, and I believe this bill is unconstitutional," said Sen. Tom Harman, R-Huntington Beach.
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Hold it right there Mr rapist while I go back to my glove compartment and grab my Barney Fife
This WILL pass next round!
CA-CA lifornia has a long history of using “Ghost Voting” to pass garbage legislation.
Look up prior “Gun Control” legislation there, this will be a repeat.
Arnie-RINO will sign it.
F’ Kalifornia and their crooked communist dominated legislature.
“An empty gun for self defense is reasonable?”
Empty gun open carry is what they have now. This law is an attempt to eliminate even empty gun open carry, and to set up registration of all *long guns*.
After all, the Constitution protects your right to keep and bear UNLOADED...
Nothing worse than discouraged firearms.
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