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.