California Assembly Declares that Open Carry is Unnecessary for Buying a Cheeseburger
The days that gun owners in California can openly carry unloaded handguns in public in incorporated cities are numbered. Assembly Bill 144 easily past the California State Assembly this week, by a partisan vote of 46-29, without any Republican support. Approval by both the state senate and Governor "Moonbeam" Jerry Brown is expected by sometime this summer. Last year, Republicans in the Assembly were able to delay the same bill, as the legislative session then ended before a vote could be held. This year, Democrats made sure that the priority for the bill was greater, so that a vote was taken much sooner this year.
The primary sponsor of the legislation, Democratic Assemblyman Anthony Portantino, said these words on the floor of the assembly, in his final arguments for passing the bill:
"You don't need a handgun to order a cheeseburger. You don't need a handgun to order a cup of coffee."
NOTE: California had already banned the practice of carrying loaded handguns in public. This bill now extends the law to ban unloaded handguns as well. The bill does not ban the practice of carrying an unloaded rifle or shotgun in public. These can still be carried in public.
Other supporters of AB 144 argued that openly displaying handguns can startle onlookers, scare children, and incite violence. They said that it sparks phone calls requiring police to monitor the situation, thus wasting valuable law enforcement resources.
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