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Portantino Honored by Police Chiefs for Open Carry Bill

The local San Gabriel Valley lawmaker was named "Legislator of the Year" by the state police chiefs association.

Anthony Portantino, D-La Canada Flintridge, was honored this week in Sacramento by a police chiefs association on account of sponsoring legislation banning the open carry of unloaded guns in public.

Portantino was named "Legislator of the Year" in a ceremony held by the California Police Chiefs Association (CPCA), according to a press release sent by his office.

Last year, Portantino's legislation in public was passed by the California Legislature and signed in to law by Governor Jerry Brown.  The legislation was backed by the CPCA and other law enforcement groups.

This year, Portantino sponsored new legislation that would ban the .

That bill, AB 1527, is also supported by the police chiefs association, and will be the subject of hearings during this year's legislative session.

Portantino represents Altadena, La Canada Flintridge, South Pasadena, San Marino, Monrovia, Glendora, Highland Park and other San Gabriel Valley cities.

Bill C. March 19, 2012 at 02:20 AM
I know Ian, seconds away at all times means we'd be living in a police state.
Bill C. March 19, 2012 at 02:31 AM
What part of, "From a Constitutional point of view, a police officer's job is narrow, specific, and subject to legislation and judicial review" are you confused about Markos? You obviously know nothing about police officers or what duties they are required by law and policy to apply when working and are, as I said, a kook who isn't looking at all the nuances that are involved in police work. You can gripe like most do when faced with facts they don't want to hear or understand but that changes nothing. I don't need a reading of The Constitution or a lecture from a "kook" to know what duty is and to take seriously someone who states that any police officer who doesn't apply the laws of this state in the manner you believe is a "traitor", doesn't work for me. Good luck to your candidate but really, he doesn't have a prayer but I'd take him over Obama.
dan watson March 19, 2012 at 10:30 PM
Bernard, the Police Officers Research Association of California (PORAC) represents virtually all California Police Officer Associations. PORAC was a co-sponsor of the open-carry legislation. I'm not sure what you mean when you state that the California Police Chiefs Association is political. It represents all the Police Chiefs in California whose officers protect over 75% of the State's population. It's purpose is support training, resources, technology, etc. to provide public safety to Californians. The organization does take positions on legislation and initiatives that impact public safety. Cal-Chiefs does not financially endorse measures or candidates.
Sam March 20, 2012 at 04:01 AM
Wow a donut shop that's so creative, "StreetThugFactor," that's a fantastic name by the way, how many times have you been to jail? Parole or probation?
mark h. March 20, 2012 at 08:36 PM
Chuck, you don't cite cases, just your opinion on rules of law. If you are referring to In re Application of Rameriz, 193 Cal. 633 as authority for your point that the California Supreme Court struck down a handgun ban applicable only to aliens - no they did not. They upheld the ban - although the Court's reasoning is suspect in light of Heller and McDonald. And although I suspect you will disagree with me - I put the citation in so everybody who is so inclined can read it and see your analysis is wrong -that is, if you are referring to this old case. As far as your claim that the US Supreme Court upheld open carry - it did not do so in Heller, nor did it do so in McDonald. It did not do so in United States v. Lopez, 514 U.S. 549 which was decided on commerce clause grounds, nor did it do so in US v. Miller 307 U.S. 174 which would now be inconsistent with Heller. I encourage anybody interested to read the cases. Don't rely upon me. Rely upon your own reading.

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