Assembly passes ‘open carry’ ban bill

The Sacramento Bee is reporting that AB 1934, the bill that would make “open carry” of handguns – that is, carrying unloaded handguns in plain sight in public places – into a misdemeanor was passed by the Assembly today on a 41-25 vote, the bare minimum, with all Republicans opposed. The bill now goes to the state Senate.

So much more the reason for all of you to join me as I moderate a Commonwealth Club of California panel discussion on “Guns in Public: Exploring California’s Open Carry Policy” at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, June 17 at the Veterans Memorial Building, 3780 Mt. Diablo Blvd. in Lafayette; tickets cost $12 for club members, $22 for nonmembers and $7 for students with valid ID, and are available online. Among the panelists will be AB 1934’s author, Assemblywoman Lori Saldana, D-San Diego.

Josh Richman

Josh Richman covers state and national politics for the Bay Area News Group. A New York City native, he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and reported for the Express-Times of Easton, Pa. for five years before coming to the Oakland Tribune and ANG Newspapers in 1997. He is a frequent guest on KQED Channel 9’s “This Week in Northern California;” a proud father; an Eagle Scout; a somewhat skilled player of low-stakes poker; a rather good cook; a firm believer in the use of semicolons; and an unabashed political junkie who will never, EVER seek elected office.

  • Lisa Vorderbrueggen

    Do you have bullet-proof vest? (lol)

  • Truthclubber

    If (as I suspect) Queen Joan XV (Buchanan) voted for this abomination (given the $20,000,000,000 budget gap that her chamber suggests we merely “kick down the road” with more borrowing), she is toast come November with the demographics of that particular Assembly District.

    What’s next? Can’t walk around with a shotgun in an open field, loaded or not? (For the clueless, that’s called pheasant hunting…)

  • Josh Richman

    Lisa: I’m expensing it… which means I should have it by August.

  • John W

    So, let’s see, 41-25 means there were 14 people out there too chicken to vote one way or the other. I’m guessing mostly Democrats who were for it but didn’t want to face the wrath of the NRA. Is there a roll call list available somewhere. What are the chances in the other chamber (the Senate, not the gun chamber)? Not good, I presume.

  • D R

    What else would you expect from an Assembly that wants nothing more than to protect criminals? Across the nation gun laws are being relaxed, open and concealed carry is being permitted more than at any time in the last 50 years and gun crimes are DROPPING, accidental shootings are at the lowest rates they have ever been and contrary to popular belief law abiding citizens are not turning into blood thirsty killers simply by carrying a gun. In California the lawmakers still want to turn honest, law-abiding, tax-paying citizens into helpless, defenseless sheep just like the citizens of Chicago. How is the gun ban in Chicago working out for them? The ban has been in place for 30 years and the murder rate has never been higher. Lawmakers who support the ban have publicly called for the National Guard to come in and help stop the criminals they protect with their gun ban. I honestly cannot see why these people are so blind. Time and time again Robert Heinlein’s words are proven true “An armed society is a polite society. Manners are good when one may have to back up his acts with his life”.

  • John W

    Not sure which I dislike more: open carry or concealed weapons. It’s a bit like hand-held or hands-free phones in moving cars. Both are dangerous distractions. But, at least in the case of hand-helds, I can see that the idiot tailgating me is using his or her phone, so that I can take evasive action. In any event, I’ve only owned one gun in my life, which I safely disposed of as soon as I got out of the Army 40 years ago. Based on comment #5, I guess that my unilateral disarmament must have contributed to the increase in gun violence over the years since.