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Tonight’s ‘open carry’ panel in Lafayette

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.”

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.

  • John W

    Chickenpoo response by Jerry Brown.

  • PMW

    True, as there have been few, if any, abuses by the open carry crowd. Jerry Brown knows that.

  • Thanks for helping to get the word out about that Josh!

  • JR

    It’s safe to say there have been zero “abuses”. If there were, the news up and down the state would be screaming about it, and perhaps even for the immediate ban of all guns because criminals were open carrying them. But they aren’t, and no police reports have been made public, probably because they don’t exist.

    Federal government and private peer-reviewed research shows that criminals do not want the extra scrutiny, and conceal ~100% of the time, the remaining percentage pointing and/or shooting at people.

    It’s unfortunate that the CA legislature doesn’t require sworn testimony, because if it did, Saldana and her merry band of traitors would all be found guilty of perjury. They need to stop disarming victims on behalf of criminals (giving aid and comfort to domestic enemies of the U.S.)

  • Sign the petition for California at http://www.petitiononline.com/CalOC/petition.html – AB 1934 must be stopped.

    In 2008 the Supreme Court said that the Second Amendment secures “the individual right to possess and carry weapons in case of confrontation.” What part of right-to-carry does Asemblywoman Saldana not understand?

    Sign the petition today! And then TAKE ACTION at http://www.opencarry.org/ab1934.html