I shouldn’t be surprised this is coming out of California given other recent stupid legislation coming out of that state’s city and state governments (like the attempt to ban circumcision and the DREAM Act).
Brown signed AB144 by state Assemblyman Anthony Portantino, D-Pasadena Monday morning. The bill will make it a misdemeanor to carry an exposed and unloaded handgun in public or in vehicles. Violators could face up to a year in prison or a potential fine of $1,000 when the law takes effect Jan 1.
So in California they would rather have everyone either disarmed or carrying their weapons concealed (legally or not). Got it. And this is supposed to protect the public…how? Oh right, it won’t. So instead the police are going to have to worry about more law abiding citizens hiding weapons from them and lying about their presence in the car rather than knowing the people have them outright. How does that help the police? Criminals aren’t going to tell the cops if they’ve got a weapon or not. Oh right, this isn’t about safety. It’s about putting in place the frame work for forced gun ownership registration and criminalizing constitutionally protected rights.
How about loaded handguns? Or does California conveniently have a law prohibiting the open carry of loaded handguns? Either way, it’s pretty ridiculous. Only a moron openly carries a handgun that is unloaded when not in an area that requires the gun to be unloaded.
It’s all about stripping the citizenry of their rights so that when the same government clowns that wrote and supported this law attempt to strip the citizens of more rights later the populace will be helpless before their tyrannical oligarchy. The arguments used in defense of this legislation are laughable with claims of “vigilantes shooting people in the park” (paraphrasing here), protecting police (by making their jobs more difficult and dangerous), curbing gang members (who likely don’t care about obeying the law anyway), and so on. The arguments defy logic, but then these are politicians. We all know today’s politicians lack common sense let alone any sense of logic or reason.
I suspect this law will challenged as an attack against law abiding citizen’s 2nd Amendment rights though I doubt anything will be done correct this error given the number of other states that also have similar infringements on the books that the people in those states simply accept with out thought or question. Knowing that, I hope more and more people in California openly carry their rifles in public to make their point about the stupidity of the law. Unfortunately, knowing the fascistic government officials in California, they’ll then try to pass a law banning public carrying of rifles as well.
Wake up America. You’re rights are being taken away from you everyday from both ends of the political spectrum. If you remain silent on the elimination of one right, you have no reason to complain when the rest of them are taken away from you.