California House passes ban on open carry of loaded guns

Here are the strong arguments advanced against open carry. As usual, the arguments are about what might happen, not examples that they can point to of systematic problems.

"We think it's an accident waiting to happen," Amanda Wilcox, of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, said of gun-toting protesters mixing with frightened citizens in public places.

Wilcox said that allowing firearms in public – recently such a demonstration occurred in downtown Sacramento – sends the wrong message to children. . . .



Blogger Unknown said...

This bill bans the open carry of UNLOADED guns. California does not allow Open Carry of loaded guns. However, it was determined recently that one could open carry an unloaded gun, while still carrying a loaded magazine. While it required one to load the weapon in the event it was needed, it did allow the weapon to be on their person.

Police could inspect the weapon to ensure it was unloaded and are routinely called by the public who are unfamiliar with the allowed practice.

This legislation was designed to block the open carrying of unloaded weapons.

6/03/2010 10:30 AM  

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