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Open Carry Handgun Ban Proposed

Posted on Wednesday, June 8, 2011 7:31am

A bill that would ban Californians from carrying unloaded handguns in public has passed a Senate committee. It’s authored by Assemblyman Anthony Portantino, who says the state’s “open carry” policy puts the public in danger.

“This loophole should be closed,” said Portantino. “Frankly, you do not need a weapon to buy a cheeseburger or a cup of coffee. You need an ATM card or a $5 bill.”

But Ed Worley with the National Rifle Association says there isn’t any other way for law-abiding Californians to carry guns.

According to Worley, “the reason people are openly carrying firearms the way they are is this is their last legal remedy for them to be able to carry firearms to protect themselves.”

The measure has already passed the Assembly. It now moves to another Senate committee. Critics would likely challenge it in court if it’s signed into law.

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