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