Open carry activist Walter Stanley of Livermore offers this important advice:
“If you plan to attend the Commonwealth Club debate this evening, please be advised that ‘open carry’ is not allowed. The event location falls with 1,000 feet of a K-8th grade school. Penal Code 626.9 (Gun Free School Zones) applies to areas that are open to the public, even if the area in question is located on private property!
“If an individual were to show-up and be openly carrying in the parking-lot (for example), they could be accused of, or even arrested for violating PC 626.9.”
So, leave yer shootin’ irons home – but please come. “Guns in Public: Exploring California’s Open Carry Policy” is at 6:30 p.m. tonight in 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.
I asked Democratic gubernatorial nominee and state Attorney General Jerry Brown today about AB 1934, Assemblywoman Lori Saldana’s bill to criminalize open carry. He said he’s not familiar with it: “I’ll be glad to take a look at that bill, but there are about 4,000 of them (bills) up there.”
It did seem to pique his interest, however. “I want to know how many abuses there have been” to necessitate this bill, he said. “I always look with some skepticism on changing the way things have been done.”
When I asked a question about the bill during the May 2 debate between the Republican gubernatorial candidates, former eBay CEO Meg Whitman – now the GOP nominee – implied she would oppose it as an infringement upon Second Amendment rights.
The Assembly approved AB 1934 on June 1 with a 46-30, party-line vote. The bill is scheduled to be heard next Tuesday, June 22 by the Senate Public Safety Committee. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger hasn’t taken a position on the bill yet, press secretary Aaron McLear said today: “We usually don’t take positions on bills until we review the final version.”