cato wrote:Wow. Talk about muddy wording.SEC. 3603. POSSESSION OF FIREARMS PROHIBITED WHILE UPON PUBLIC PREMISES SELLING OR SERVING ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES.
(a)It shall be unlawful for any person present upon public premises selling or serving alcoholic beverages to possess upon those premises a firearm.
(b)Subsection (a) shall not apply to any of the following:
(1)Peace officers listed in Sections 830.1, 830.2, 830.3, 830.31, 830.4, 830.5, and 830.6 of the California Penal Code, full-time paid peace officers of other states and the federal government who are carrying out official duties while in California, or any person summoned by any such officers to assist in making arrests or preserving the peace while such person is actually engaged in assisting such officer;
(2)Any person owning, operating or managing said public premises, or any officer, employee, or agent authorized by such person to possess a firearm upon said public premises for lawful purposes connected therewith.
(c)Nothing in this Section shall be interpreted or applied so as to conflict with the preemptive effect of any State law prohibiting the carrying of a loaded firearm in a public place.
(Added by Ord. 399-82, App. 8/12/82)
It shall be unlawful for any person present upon public premises selling or serving alcoholic beverages to possess upon those premises a firearm.
So you cannot possess a firearm while selling or servingalcohol on public premises?... Or is it possess a firearm where alcohol is sold or served on public premises? You dont figure out what it means until you read the exemptions. It is interesting to note, that subdivision 'c' acknowledges preemption andthat it is otherwise lawful to carry a firearm in a public place.
BUT -This also doesnt define the exact vicinity where this law is applied. So, hypothetically, you could be at a sporting event where alcohol is sold or served- such as a ball game, a race track or other sporting arena and be in violation of the law, even though you are no where near where the alcohol is being vended.
This little law eliminates concealed or exposed carry at grocery stores, liquor stores, convenience stores, restaurants that serve alcohol, hotels with room service, banquet service, or a restaurant that serves alcohol, county fairs or carnivals that vend alcohol, sporting arenas or events where alcohol is vended. That still leaves banks and other financial institutions- I guess that's good.:P