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.