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Portantino's Rifle Ban Passes State Senate Committee

AB 1527 would make it illegal to carry unloaded "long guns" such as rifles.

From Assembly Member Anthony Portantino's office.

Assembly Member Anthony Portantino’s public safety measure to expand on last year’s ban on openly carried handguns has passed the state Senate Public Safety Committee on a vote of 4 to 2.

AB 1527 would outlaw the “open carry” of unloaded long guns such as rifles or shotguns.

at the urging of law enforcement as a follow up to last year’s successful AB 144, which banned openly carrying an unloaded handgun in public places.

“Last year, we tried to craft a narrow bill to close a loophole in the hopes that gun enthusiasts would support ending this dangerous practice,” explained Portantino. “Unfortunately, the “open carry” folks reacted by carrying rifles and other long guns, alarming the public and creating a potentially dangerous situation. As law enforcement officials tell us, it not only creates a tense situation, but wastes time and money when police have to roll out and respond to these unnecessary calls.”

AB 1527 builds on the law authored by Portantino last year and contains a similar list of exemptions to enable safe transportation, lawful hunting, and use by law enforcement officials. The measure would authorize similar penalties – a misdemeanor punishable by up to one year in county jail and a fine of up to $1000 – for individuals who openly carry unloaded long guns in public.

AB 1527 has the support of California Police Chiefs Association, Peace Officers Research Association of California, California Chapters of the Brady Campaign and Legal Community Against Violence.

 

DR. Truth June 29, 2012 at 03:33 AM
I hope his words clearly and completely satisfy the need to keep, display and bear arms, wherever and whenever citizens feel it neccessary. Here's another relevant quote: "I believe there are more instances of the abridgment of freedom of the people by gradual and silent encroachments of those in power than by violent and sudden usurpations." -James Madison I can only imagine he would disapprove of AB 1527
DR. Truth June 30, 2012 at 01:46 PM
Assembly Member Anthony Portantino's personal tryannical vendetta against citizen's practicing their Second Ammendment rights in a non-threatening manner, clearly identifies him as an userper of the U.S. Constitution in deed and ideology. A petty little man who sees those who would "open carry" a weapon as a personal attack on his prevoius legislation (AB 144) and now wants to punish anyone who would try and bend his tyrannical will and anti-gun advocacy. He is undoubtedly a Liberal Facist!
Mary Wright June 30, 2012 at 09:05 PM
You need to understand that there are a bunch of bills in line with ONE purpose- to disarm lawful possession of firearms by law abidiing citizens of the state. Truly, at the end of the Dems almost impenetrable run in the legislature, we will be disarmed except for the hoodlums and gang bangers. Be afraid of well intentioned politicos. They are not on your side or that of the Constitution.
Mary Wright June 30, 2012 at 09:06 PM
Watch out. They will ban pepper spray if they can.
Loretta McKaughan July 01, 2012 at 01:36 AM
@Natalie....let's just hope and pray that you never find yourself in a position where an unloaded gun/rifle is the only thing that stands between you and an assault of any kind. If YOU don't choose to carry a weapon, either loaded or unloaded, then that's just fine but don't stand up against that right for others. I, for one, am SICK TO DEATH of people trying to police the world for others. You live your life and I'll live mine. It's getting to the point where people can't even make decisions any more for fear of being racist or politically incorrect. I say....STAY THE HELL OUT OF MY BUSINESS AND I'LL STAY OUT OF YOURS.

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