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.