Governor Jerry Brown Outlaws Open Carry for Guns

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Whether you believe the Second Amendment is essential or outdated, the law in California used to allow anyone to carry a gun in public or in vehicles -- as long as it was openly displayed and unloaded.

California became the fifth state to make it illegal to openly carry guns after Governor Jerry Brown signed the bill into law Monday morning. Despite opposition from gun advocates, AB144 will go into effect on Jan. 1, 2012, making any open-carry act in a public place a misdemeanor with possible jail time or a $1,000 fine.

Open-carry advocates in the Bay Area -- and nationwide -- began asserting their constitutional rights to carry an open and unloaded gun back in January 2010, when they staged informal gatherings in Starbucks coffee shops while packing (unloaded) heat.

Brown also signed off on a bill today that would devote more resources toward keeping guns out of the hands of prohibited owners.

The guns in question under SB 819, authored by  Mark Leno, (D-San Francisco) are guns that were purchased legally but whose owners are no longer allowed to own them because of criminal activity or mental illness. More than 18,000 Californians are registered to own firearms, the release said, and 15 to 20 names are added to the "prohibited owners" list each day. The program will conduct more cross-checks between databases to make sure registered gun owners are not also on a prohibited owners list.

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thomas long
thomas long

moonbeam is  a  sick depraved  liberal clown

withak30
withak30

This makes sense.  How do you tell the difference between a loaded an unloaded gun that someone is carrying?

Either allow them to be carried loaded or not carried at all; carrying unloaded is stupid and dangerous

toebo1
toebo1

Slowly going to where only the local,state,and Fed police will have the guns? Is that what you really want,CA?  

Joelguerrero22
Joelguerrero22

How can it be illegal if the 2nd amendment protects us?

NotGavin
NotGavin

That's like asking how can it be illegal to make death threats if the First Amendment protects speech.

freedom
freedom

gun control   yes   my gun my control

Lcalarea47
Lcalarea47

no problem , i will continue hiding mine , lol

MrEricSir
MrEricSir

Your right to carry < my right not to get shot by your dumb ass.

Richard H
Richard H

I don't think that CA open carry was ever legal in larger counties. There was a population restriction which was pretty low. So net change for San Francisco = none.

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