Page 1Capitol Alert: Assembly passes ban on carrying unloaded handguns in public6/2/2010 5:38:37 PMhttp://blogs.sacbee.com/capitolalertlatest/2010/06/assembly-passes-2.html
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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 togun-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 todemand 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 streetinside 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 licensedhunter while engaged in that sport. AB 1934 now goes to the Senate.
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daBlumanwrote 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 nexttable, put his or her gun on the table. Whether it is loaded ornot, I'll walk out from the restaurant ASAP and never comeback again.If I am the cashier of the restaurant, I'll call 911 before it's toolate.How are you supposed to know whether this person is apotential robber or not?":