Califonia – AB 144 Ban on Open Carry

Author: Assemblyman Anthony Portantino (D)
AB 144 Passed out of the Assembly this afternoon, May 16, 2011.  This bill is scheduled to be heard in the Senate Public Safety Committee on June 7, 2011 at 9:30 am.  


Assemblyman Portantino was quoted in the Sacramento Bee to say, “Open carrying of weapons is something that belongs on a Hollywood movie set, not on Main Street or Starbucks. You don’t need a sidearm in order to buy a cheeseburger,” he said. 


The ban on open carrying will leave law-abiding citizens with no option for exercising their Second Amendment rights because the vast majority of Californians are also denied a permit to carry a concealed weapon. This is plainly unconstitutional and must be opposed. 


Call the members of the Senate Public Safety Committee today and insist on a “NO” vote on AB 144.


Senate Public Safety Committee Members

Senator Loni Hancock (Chair)-D
Senator Joel Anderson (Vice Chair)-R
Senator Ron Calderon-D
Senator Tom Harman-R
Senator Carol Liu-D
Senator Curren Price-D
Senator Darrell Steinberg-D