Unless you are an insurance adjuster or broker, person engaged solely in the business of securing information about persons or property from public records, a secured creditor engaged in repossession, security guard, movie maker, attorney, banker, collections agent, or other "specially" and specifically designated persons you will no longer be allowed to carry an UNLOADED and UNCONCEALED firearm.
"untrained, unscreened, self-appointed vigilante"
AB 144 was signed into law over the weekend and takes affect January 1, 2012. The law is convoluted and misguided with countless exceptions having little rhyme or reason.
There is an exemption granted to "savings association" and another for persons engaged in or attempting to make a lawful arrest. That's right, you can have a completely useless unloaded gun if you are attempting to lawfully arrest someone or if you are somehow a savings association.
This new infringement on our the 2nd Amendment is in response to concerns from several police chiefs and sheriffs around California.
According to the L.A. Times, LAPD Chief Charlie Beck says officers waste time responding to calls about people with guns who are otherwise being lawful. It seems that officers and the public have a hard time distinguishing the difference between criminal and non-criminal activities.
But wait. This law only concerns possession of an UNLOADED gun. How does Malte make the jump from a unloaded guns to loaded guns?? It was already a crime to exercise vigilante justice as well as negligently discharge a firearm in a public place. Now, no UNLOADED guns will be discharged?? What is Malte and his fascist Brady brats smoking??
Let's recap. Brown has just criminalized something that cannot by its own definition hurt anyone- carrying an UNCONCEALED and UNLOADED gun.
|Ca. Assemblyman Anthony Portafino (D)|
"The bottom line is the streets will be safer for law enforcement and families," said the bill's author, Assemblyman Anthony Portantino (D-La Canada Flintridge). "California is no longer the wild west, where citizens had to carry six-shooters on their hips for protection."
Someone needs to tell Portantino that those six-shooters he is referring to are UNLOADED and completely inert.
The argument for passing AB 144 is completely baseless and does NOTHING to make California safer. Some people just don't get it.