SACRAMENTO (CBS/AP) — A bill that would ban the public display of rifles and shotguns in most California cities and towns is on its way to the governor over stiff objections from numerous lawmakers.
AB1527 by Democratic Assemblyman Anthony Portantino of La Canada-Flintridge was a response to gun rights advocates who began carrying unloaded long guns to protest previous legislation that prohibited the public display of handguns.
It was approved 43-30 Wednesday after more than an hour of debate.
Opponents, mainly Republicans, called it an attempt to infringe on Second Amendment rights. Assemblyman Tim Donnelly, a Twin Peaks Republican, said there is no rash of people walking down Main Street with rifles.
Supporters noted that the state police chiefs association sought the legislation, which includes many exemptions for hunters and rural Californians.
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