Friday, August 31, 2012


Democratic state legislators pass a law prohibiting anyone from the open carry of unloaded rifles and shotguns; that only punishes law-abiding citizens because criminals and crazies will just ignore the ban

While politically-inclined police administrators like LA Sheriff Lee Baka and LA Police Chief Charlie Beck usually support tough gun restrictions, the rank-and-file cops generally do not support gun control laws.

By Patrick McGreevy

Los Angeles Times
August 29, 2012

The state Assembly on Wednesday voted final legislative approval to a ban on carrying unloaded rifles and shotguns openly in public in California cities, with supporters citing recent mass shootings in other states and concern by police officers.

The Assembly voted 43-30 to send the legislation to Gov. Jerry Brown, who has said he owns three firearms but has not yet taken a public position on the bill.

Assemblyman Anthony Portantino (D-La Canada Flintridge) introduced the measure as a follow-up to a bill signed last year by Brown that prohibited people from openly carrying unloaded handguns in public. Some have carried guns in public in a demonstration of a right to bear firearms.

The new measure makes it a misdemeanor, subject to jail time and fines, to openly carry unloaded long guns in incorporated cities. It was backed by law enforcement officials including Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca and Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck.

"The more guns we have on our streets, whether visible or not, the potential for tragedy increases exponentially," Beck said. "I am in full support of repealing the open carry laws."

In arguing for the bill, other supporters cited mass shootings at an Aurora, Colo., movie theater, a Milwaukee Sikh temple and one in Tuscon that killed six and seriously injured a congresswoman.

Assemblyman Gilbert Cedillo (D-Los Angeles) said having shotguns carried in public makes it harder for the police "to protect our 1st Amendment rights to take our family to a theater, to worship, to see our elected officials."

Assemblyman Charles Calderon (D-Whittier) noted the bill was introduced months before a gunman opened fire in the Aurora theater, killing 12 and injuring 58. But, he added, "If this law was in place, maybe [shooting suspect] James Holmes might have been discovered. Police officers could question why this person has a gun near a theater."

Assemblywoman Linda Halderman (R-Fresno) objected to the reference to the Aurora theater shooting. "They died there because of loaded weapons," Halderman said. "That has absolutely nothing to do with what we are doing today."

Assemblyman Stephen Knight (R-Palmdale), a former LAPD officer, said AB 1527 is unnecessary. "We haven't seen any police reports from these people because they are law-abiding citizens," Knight said. "For law-abiding citizens who respect the law, we shouldn’t attack them from Sacramento.’’


Bryan said...

Amen, your preaching to the choir with people like me;I wish more people with your qualifocations and background would come to the senate public safty meeting at the state capitol and give your POV. I was there for the start of SB249 and it was litterlay a few lobbyists and me the only concerned citizen. I dont think people have a right o complain unless they get off their but and get to those meetings.


BarkGrowlBite said...

Bryan, If I still lived in California, I would be right up there with you. But even if 10,000 of us showed up at the legislature it wouldn't make any difference. California's Democrats, like their fellow Democrats in New York, Massachusetts, Illinois, etc. are dedicated to shredding the Second Amendment.

bob walsh said...

The democrat/socialist mob that runs California is strong enough to do almost anything they weant. They have significant majorities in both houses of the legislature and a moronic hard-core liberal governor to countersign every warm-and-fuzzy feel-good measure they can force down our throats.

It is really hard to care too much when the citizens keep re-electing the same liberal assholes year after year after year. We might not get the government we deserve, but we sure as hell get the government we tolerate.