SACRAMENTO (CBS/AP) – California lawmakers have sent the governor a bill making it a misdemeanor for openly carrying an unloaded handgun in public, a practice popular among certain gun enthusiasts.
The Assembly on Friday passed AB144 on a 44-30 vote after it was approved by the Senate.
The bill by Democratic Assemblyman Anthony Portantino of Pasadena would prohibit openly carrying an exposed gun in a public place, vehicle or street. The bill exempts hunting or shooting events. It now goes to Gov. Jerry Brown.
Supporters say the only person who knows whether the gun is loaded is the person carrying the gun. They say the practice can be used to intimidate others.
Opponents say the bill is one of many assaults on the public’s Second Amendment right and treats law-abiding citizens like felons.
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