Assembly Bill 1934, is moving through legislation that will make it illegal to openly carry a gun in public.
With a gun slung over her shoulder, Rachel Cook, left, a nurse from Knoxville, Ten. , and her husband Garrett, listen to remarks as armed protesters gathered to demonstrate for first and second amendment rights at a “Restore the Constitution” rally at Fort Hunt Park in Alexandria, Va, Monday, April 19, 2010. (AP Photo/Toby Jorrin)
On Tuesday, gun control advocates argued against gun owners, defending their Second Amendment rights, to keep and bear arms. The Assembly Public Safety Committee passed the bill sending it to the Appropriations Committee.
“What I’m concerned about is people who have no training can carry a gun for no other purpose than to make a public statement,” said Democratic Assemblywoman Lori Saldana of San Diego, who introduced legislation that would prohibit packing unloaded guns in plain sight.
Saldana, testified wearing a bullet proof vest to emphasize the point that unloaded guns pose a threat because they can be loaded in seconds. “Open carry advocates have displayed weapons along Pacific Beach and elsewhere in the San Diego region in demonstrations, raising concerns among some citizens and drawing police to investigate,” Saldana said.
The California Police Chiefs Association supports the legislation and says that public display of weapons creates safety issues.
Gun owners state that firearms and the freedom to have them is being threatened, as AB 1934 will outlaw open carry of unloaded guns.
Current California law allows carrying a rifle or handgun in a holster in public if it is unloaded and to carry a loaded gun with a concealed weapon permit.
In Arizona, the Gov. Jan Brewer signed into law a bill making Arizona the third state allowing concealed weapons without required a permit on April 16, 2010. Alaska and Vermont are the other two states. Elimination of the permit requirement allow Arizona residents 21 years or older to not have to get a background check nor take gun safety classes.