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Long Gun Protest Planned Protesting AB 144

California’s new ban on open carry of handguns which was signed this month by Governor Jerry Brown will go into effect on January 1, 2012.  In an effort to openly protest the new law Responsible Citizens of California is planning a meet-up this weekend at ‘high noon’ on Saturday, October 22, 2011 in two locations in California.  There will be two meet-ups – one in the Bay Area and one in the San Diego area of Southern California.

The Northern California meet-up will be in San Leandro at the corner of Hesperian Blvd and Bayfair Drive.  The Southern California meet-up will be in San Diego at the corner of Felspar and Ocean Front Walk on Pacific Beach with their long guns in hand (unloaded of course).

Both of these meet-ups are in response to the passage of AB 144 which removes our right to openly carry a handgun in public; something that has be legal in California since before it became a state.  But liberal legislators feel that we no longer should have this right, in spite of the fact that it is guaranteed by the Second Amendment of the Constitution.  The purpose of these events is to gather Second Amendment supporters to express their frustration with that liberal State Legislature.  The events will also provide an opportunity for the attendees to discuss the new pending law and familiarize themselves with options that will remain available to all lawful gun owners in California, such that they will be able to continue to legally carry firearms for personal protection.

Organizers are inviting attendees to bring their long guns and rifles to these events as this represents the only means by which citizens of California can legally carry personal self protection.  At the same time the organizers are stressing that all attendees should remain in full compliance with law.  And if they are unsure if they will be in compliance with the law, they should err on the side of caution.  Open carry of handguns remains legal in California until January 1st, but after that time, only long guns will be legal to carry in the open in public places.

I should also stress that you are not required to carry a firearm to attend the event.  Your presence and support alone will go a long way.  All supporters of the Second Amendment will be welcome whether armed or unarmed.  However, should you plan to attend with a firearm, please make sure that you are in compliance with the law.

Organizers of the events, Responsible Citizens of California, have released a brief instructional video and message to law enforcement on lawful Unloaded Long Gun Open Carry for those who will be exercising this basic, fundamental, civil right for the very first time.

Contacts in Northern California: RCC President – Adnan Shahab, (510) 972-4044; RCC Press Secretary – Yih Chau Chang, (408) 515-2128

Contact in Southern California: RCC Chairman – Sam Wlanyk, (619) 887-6776

For more information, please visit the Responsible Citizens of California website

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Governor ‘Moon Beam’ Signed AB 144 Into Law

Yes, over the weekend, California Governor Jerry Brown signed the bill that removes Californian’s right to openly carry a firearm.  AB 144, the confusing bill authored by Anthony Portantino (D. – La Cañada), will now become the law of land in California in January, unless it is struck down as ‘unconstitutional’ before then.

Make no mistake, this bill will eventually be struck down by the Court as it is a blatant “infringement” of our Constitutional right guaran-teed by the Second Amendment.  We just don’t know how quickly that will come about. It’s probably not going to happen before January 1st when the bill will actually become law.  Californians will then have no means by which they can legally “bear arms” short of a carry concealed weapon permit, and it is nearly impossible to obtain a CCW permit in California as the law is now.

The only way that the Court may leave this new law in place is if the State changes its CCW law from a “may issue” to a “shall issue” methodology.  Currently, concealed carry permits are issued by the Sheriff of each county at his discretion.  They are rarely granted except in extreme need cases, or as the law states, where a “determination of good cause” is made.  The Sheriffs of more rural counties are usually a little more liberal in the grants than are those of high population counties with major urban cities where they are the strictest in their standards for granting a permit.  Funny thing is, politicians are usually granted a CCW permit without question – the same people who are telling us that they don’t want us to be able to carry a firearm.

If the State does change their stance on concealed carry permits, then the Court may leave the new law banning open carry of unloaded firearms in place, as the ability to carry a firearm will be satisfied if we simply obtain a permit.  Only thing is, the liberals are never going to change their oppressive CCW law either.  As arrogant as they area, they’ll just wait until the court tells them just how wrong they are.

GE

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Further Update on AB 144

Well, they did it. The California State Senate passed AB 144 and it has moved on to the Governor. I just don’t see him not signing it either, unless there is a big enough push from the voters overwhelming his office with opposition to the bill that he has to veto it. So write the Governor, call him, or email him. Swamp his office. I have.

Also, he has to actually veto the bill for it to not become law. There is no “pocket veto” in California as there is at the federal level. If he does not sign it, it automatically becomes law in 30 days.

That may be how he decides to handle it too. Just leave it alone, and in 30 days it becomes law, and he can say that he didn’t sign it – the weasel that he is.

This bill will without a doubt be overturned in the Courts, but it may take some time for that to happen. So in the mean time, we, the law abiding citizens, we the people, pay the price and become more vulnerable in the public arena. The bill is so obviously unconstitutional that it’s amazing that the liberals in Sacramento couldn’t see it. But then, they don’t care anyway. The Constitution just gets in the way too much for them, so why not try and see if they can get away with it.

However, if the State decides to change their policy on concealed carry from “may issue” to “shall issue”, then the court may uphold the law. If the courts see that mechanism as a means to satisfy the Constitution by allowing us to “bear arms” if we just obtain a permit, then they may uphold the law. But I don’t see the liberals changing their minds on that one either.

So, in the mean time, we’re screwed. Welcome to the Left Coast.

GE

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Update on California AB144

Note:   There is further information on this bill in our article Further Update on AB144

Earlier today AB 144, the bill that would make it illegal to openly carry firearms in California has passed the next hurdle on its way to the senate. In a vote of 4-2 it passed the Senate Public Safety Committee. The bill which is authored by Anthony Portantino (D. – La Cañada) will now be on its way to the Senate Appropriations Committee for fiscal consideration.

Open carry has always been legal in California without a permit. The primary consideration is that the gun must be unloaded. Other conditions are that you may not carry in school zones, post offices, state parks and government buildings. If this bill passes it will make it a misdemeanor to carry a weapon openly anywhere in California, that is punishable with 1 year in jail and/or a $1000 fine.

As we stated in our earlier post California’s AB 144 To Ban Open Carry, this bill will do nothing to take guns from criminals as they don’t care what laws are in place as they don’t follow them. Law abiding citizens will be the ones to take the brunt of this one though and they will now have no way to legally carry protection without a concealed carry permit. And CCW permits are almost impossible to obtain.

Please contact members of the California Senate and voice your opinion on this blatant attack on our Second Amendment rights.  For a complete list of California Senators click here.

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California’s AB144 to Ban Open Carry

For more recent news on this legislation see: Update on California AB144

Gun Enthusiasts who live in California are about to lose some more of their freedom if the Legislature is successful with their latest bill to further control guns in the State.  California is currently a ‘may issue’ state that will allow concealed carry of a weapon if the gun owner obtains a concealed carry weapon permit (CCW).  Without a permit, it is against is the law to carry a concealed weapon in public.  However, it is perfectly legal to openly carry a weapon in a holster, not concealed, on one’s person so long as the weapon is not loaded.

State legislators are now attempting to make it illegal to carry a weapon openly, which has always been legal in California.  AB 144, which is unbelievably confusing to try and read, has been authored by Anthony Portantino (D. – La Cañada) is designed to strip us of our second amendment right to bear our arms.  On May 4, 2011, the bill successfully passed in the Democrat controlled Assembly Appropriations Committee.  And now, this morning, I hear that it also passed a vote in the assembly.  This liberal controlled legislature on the ‘left’ coast in California is bent on imposing their liberal agenda on the good citizens of the great state in yet another attempt to ultimately make guns illegal.

Open carrying of firearms has always been legal in California, just like walking down the street.  Carrying a firearm in California does not imply anything criminal.  Firearms are carried for self defense because the police cannot and do not defend you.  They will not be there when you are attacked, but will show up only after you have become a victim. Your safety is your own responsibility.  There is a saying that, “When seconds count; the police are only minutes away”.

At a time when many states are passing less restrictive gun laws, and in some cases legalizing open carry of side arms, California is going the other way and introducing more gun control laws.  Creating a law that criminals do not follow is not stopping gun violence, it is just making more innocent people susceptible to gun violence by those who don’t care about the law in the first place.  Florida is currently in the process of legalizing open carry.  Not California.  Wyoming just became a constitutional carry state.  Not California.

The Brady Bunch is also in on this abdication of personal responsibility and is lobbying to get it passed, or rather, ram it through. This bill seems to be traveling at break neck speed.  Just 12 days after it was passed out of committee, it goes up for a vote in the Assembly and passes.  The same legislature that can’t seem to find the time to put together a reasonable budget for the State, is able to find plenty of time to restrict our rights.

When the author of this bill, Anthony Portantino, learned of the South Bay Open Carry organization meeting at a restaurant in Pasadena (his home base) for dinner (all of whom were openly carrying) he was incensed and said, “I think most people on Main Street California want to go out with their families at dinner and to a movie and not have to worry about a group of folks who are armed at the restaurant or on the street next to them.”  I for one don’t necessarily think it is wise to poke the dog that is attacking you, but the SBOC does this sort of public display to make a statement, and to try to educate people.

Portantino, as most gun control activists, can’t seem to realize that these guns actually make an environment safer.  Perhaps if there had been a few gun toting people at the rally for Gabrielle Giffords, Jared Loughner would not have gone through with his murderous plan.

Gun Enthusiasts are encouraged to contact as many members of the State Senate, individually, as they can to oppose this legislation.

GE

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California May Soon Ban Lead Ammunition

The California Fish and Game Commission is considering a state-wide ban on the use of lead ammunition for hunting making it illegal for the Gun Enthusiast to hunt with lead ammunition.  Two years ago they were successful at banning lead ammunition in areas inhabited by the California Condor with AB 821 that was signed into law by the governor.   Now through their hunting regulations, they have extended the ban to include .22 rimfire ammunition in the condor habitat.   This incremental approach puts them in line to extend the ban to the State’s borders, which they are considering now.

Proponents of the current ban have wanted a state wide ban from the very beginning.   The California Condor simply provided an excuse to implement a smaller version of the law to get us used to the idea.  The anti-hunting and anti-gun extremists now are pushing to extend their little ban to prohibit all Gun Enthusiasts from using the less expensive lead ammunition for all purposes whether hunting or target practice statewide.

Lead is a natural element that comes from the earth.  It is an element that all humans and animals alike require in their bodies, to a small extent.  However, large enough quantities can cause lead poisoning.  But it is ridiculous to make us believe that condors are likely to eat spent lead ammunition in the first place, thereby causing them to get ‘lead poising’.   But this is the premise that made it possible for the anti-gun lobbies to garner favor with the Fish and Game Commission and convince them to enact this preposterous regulation.  But now they are going for the entire State.

There is no scientific evidence that lead ammunition is causing lead poisoning in condors or any other animals.  Similarly, there is no evidence that lead ammunition is a risk to human health or the California environment.  What is evident is that a small group of extremist activists, who have friends on the Commission, will not stop until they successfully remove some more of our freedom and make the most affordable and ballistically superior ammunition illegal to all Gun Enthusiasts.   They know the damage that this will do to hunting interests in the State.  Further, it is a loss of freedom that we will never get back if they are successful at extending the ban on lead ammunition to cover the entire state. 

Californians are encouraged to call and write Fish and Game Commission and request them to oppose all efforts to extend the ban on lead ammunition.  I personally feel we should also request that they rescind the current ban covering the condor habitat. 

CONTACT INFORMATION FOR THE CA. FISH & GAME COMMISSION:

Mailing Address:

California Fish and Game Commission
1416 Ninth Street
P.O. Box 944209
Sacramento, CA 94244-2090

Phone Number:
(916) 653-4899

Fax Number:
(916) 653-5040

E-Mail:  (Please include “State-wide Lead Ammo Ban” in the e-mail subject line.)

Submit written comments, via electronic mail to:  

John Carlson, Jr.,  Executive Director fgc@fgc.ca.gov  
Jon K. Fischer,  Deputy Executive Director – Regulations and Policy jfischer@fgc.ca.gov
Adrianna Shea,  Deputy Executive Director – Special Advisor to the Commissioners ashea@fgc.ca.gov

Please compose your email with all civility beginning with:  Dear Fish & Game Commissioner (name)

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AB 962 Struck Down By Court

Gun Enthusiasts who live in the world of Diane Feinstein, Barbara Boxer, Arnold Schwarzenegger and others, as I do, were about lose a little more of our freedom on February 1, 2011.  AB 962 which was passed by the California Legislature and signed by “The Governator” last year, would have taken away our ability to purchase ammunition through the internet and have it sent to us via the mail.  This bill would have required that we register whenever we would purchase handgun ammunition in a ‘face to face’ transaction, and even leave our thumb print.  The key word here is “handgun”.  The problem with the bill is that it was vague as to just what constituted handgun ammunition.  And it is on that basis that the Court struck down implementation of that portion of the bill. 

Purchasing ammunition through the mail is one of my preferred methods as I can usually find better deals online than in our local brick and mortar shops.  This law would have effectively made it illegal for anyone to sell ammunition to California residents through the mail or internet whether in state or out.  It would have also required sellers of ammunition to collect registration information on the purchasers and a thumb print.  Fortunately, Tehama County Sheriff Clay Parker, the California Rifle and Pistol Association (CRPA) and the National Rifle Association (NRA) brought suit to block implementation of the law arguing that it is “constitutionally vague” and does not spell out just what is handgun ammunition.  As a result of this lawsuit, a Fresno Superior Court Judge ruled that the law is unconstitutional and enjoined the enforcement of the measure, thereby allowing internet sales of ammunition to continue – for now. 

It is laws such as this that require each of us to be ever vigilant and aware of the efforts of the radical liberal extremists that are chipping away at our civil liberties slowly and a little bit at a time with each legislative victory.  It is a slippery slope that will ultimately, one day see the repeal of the Second Amendment and ban us from owning guns in any way, shape or form.  Imagine, if you will, being told to gather your gun collection, take it to the local police station, and watch as it is effectively thrown into the trash.  It happened in Australia and Canada and it could happen here if we do not fight back.  It is important that we support the efforts of the NRA, and CRPA with our membership and support. 

For more information on this important victory for gun owners visit the CRPA website by clicking this link:  http://www.crpa.org/_e/page/1597/mr01_18_2011.htm .  You can also read more about from the NRA by clicking this link:  http://www.nraila.org/Legislation/Read.aspx?ID=6128

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