SACRAMENTO (CBS/AP) – Gov. Jerry Brown’s has signed a measure that bans the open carrying of handguns in California.

The law, AB144, makes it a misdemeanor to carry an exposed and unloaded gun in a public place.

The governor’s office made the announcement in a statement early Monday morning. Brown has been rushing to sign dozens of measures sent to him by lawmakers.

Top California law enforcement officials supported the legislation. Brown said he had “listened to the police chiefs.”

Supporters said the only person who knows whether the gun is loaded is the person carrying the gun. Opponents have said the bill is one of many assaults on the public’s Second Amendment rights.

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Comments (8)
  1. Gov Brown Sucks says:

    Ok, I think Gov Brown is not helping California. He makes it so immigrants can get financial aid off our tax dollars that we pay, and immigrants don’t pay taxes. And now he focusing on ban on a unloaded gun?! what harm is a gun with out ammo?

    1. NRA Life Member says:

      It took you this long to figure that out? I’ll bet you voted for him, didn’t you?

  2. Ron J says:

    I think California can take a lesson from Arizona. Arizona supports gun rights and encourages responsible ownership. You have to remember that most people in the Bay Area do not support gun rights and probably have never shot a gun. It is pretty shocking to a left wing city like Cupertino seeing citizens carry firearms. Most of these people probably could not survive without the help of Big Government and Technology. It also did not help that this open carry movement was going on in Cupertino , Sunnyvale ETC.. It seemed that this was more about shocking citizens than really supporting gun rights.

  3. Whiskey in a Jar says:

    What is considered a “public place”? Do they really think a law will stop a criminal from bringing in a handgun with the intent of using it for “gain or pain”?!?!

  4. Just gonna bring in a different firearm instead says:

    So can you carry in a rifle or a shotgun?

  5. dbarco says:

    Open Carry is a stupid way to get yourself killed or robbed. Concealed weapon
    permits for sane, law abiding, trained citizens is a far better idea. The NRA is to me, a life-long gun owner, a little too big for their britches. They need to start thinking big picture and not just “right to own’!

  6. John Armstrong says:

    Guys this is really important for if you allow law abiding taxpayers to defend themselves then the communist La Raza takeover of California might be interferred with. Also, it’s important to ensure that only criminals have guns because if law abiding taxpayers also have them and actually use them against the criminals in self-defense, this too will get in the way of the modern liberal’s plans for Liberal facist control of our populace. I hope this has been informative.

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