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Portantino's Rifle Ban Passes State Senate Committee

AB 1527 would make it illegal to carry unloaded "long guns" such as rifles.

A bill introduced by La Cañada Flintridge representative in the state Assembly that would make it a crime to openly carry an unloaded rifle or shotgun in any public place or street has passed the state Senate Public Safety Committee on a vote of 4 to 2.

The measure, introduced by Assemblyman Anthony Portantino, will next head to the Senate floor. If ultimately passed, AB 1527 will expand Portantino’s previous bill, AB 144, which bans unloaded handguns from being openly displayed in public.

“After the successful adoption of AB 144, “open carry” advocates shifted from carrying and displaying handguns in public to the use of rifles and shotguns, even showing up at police events,” said Portantino, in an emailed statement.

"It wastes law enforcement time and resources when they could be out catching bad guys. Instead, they are tied up dealing with frantic calls from the public about gun-toting men and women. As law enforcement officials tell me, it’s not safe and someone is going to get hurt.”

Violations of the law, if passed, would include a misdemeanor charge punishable by up to one year in county jail and/or a fine of up to $1,000, according to a statement from Portantino's office.

However, hunters, law enforcement personnel and others carrying unloaded weapons under specified licensed circumstances would be exempt from the proposed law.

Raymond Aguirre June 28, 2012 at 02:53 AM
Portantino needs to be brought up on charges of treason!!!! He is the heart and soul of what communisim is. Why are we standing back and allowing this tard to take away our rights to bare arms, and the right to protect our families!!! This guy is making all of us vulnerable to all the bad guys who are able to purchase their arms on the black market! I want these bad guys to know that I have a firearm, and will protect my family at any cost!
R Terry June 29, 2012 at 01:53 AM
Sounds to me like they don't want you carrying them around in public on display making people fearful of "who is this guy with a gun". It is not keeping you from owning a gun.
Raymond Aguirre June 29, 2012 at 02:39 AM
So true, but this is only the beginning.
Kenneth Lowndes June 29, 2012 at 04:08 AM
Why is it that the public fears one of its own carrying a weapon of self-defense, other then the result of prior, reversable conditioning? Stop the Madness. And STOP the clown who is going around passing "laws," that are not actual "laws," but arbitrary opinion being posed under color of law. Maybe Anthony Portantino should find other kinds of "work." Overstepping upon our 2nd Amendment Rights is pompous and not a matter that garners any kind of respect to the offender, which is what Anthony Portantino is. How many "laws" has Anthony Portantino passed, if ever, that target REAL criminals, rather then trying so hard to pervert the system into the pretense of valid legislative acts, by targeting NOT criminals, only the law abiding, with "laws" that will assist criminals in the commission of their crimes? Anthony Portantino, yes you ARE committing TREASON.
Kenneth Lowndes June 29, 2012 at 04:14 AM
Anthony Portantino, you and your co-horts, what will you have left to offer us when the economic system goes all the way down into systemic failure? How has Lucifer been towards you, lately? I bet you are personally keeping guns close by at all times. Loaded. Or, do you truly practice what you seek to impose on others?

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