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    'Open carry' advocates return to Vallejo

    By Lanz Christian Bañes


    Posted:05/23/2010 12:00:54 AM PDT

    "Open carry" advocates returned to the Vallejo waterfront Saturday, this time organized by a local group.

    "We're not out to be belligerent. We're not out to intimidate anybody," said Scott Schappell, part of the 707 Open Carry group.

    In California, it is legal to openly carry a firearm on a belt holster so long as it is unloaded and not near schools or government buildings. However, Assembly Bill 1934, sponsored by Assemblywoman Lori Saldaña, D-San Diego, would end that.

    "We are amazed that any legislature would be opposed to carrying an empty gun," said Gwen Friesen, who joined the picnic from Folsom as a representative of the lobbying group Gun Owners of California.


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    About 40 people attended Saturday's picnic at Independence Park. Many of them had attended a similar event that drew about 150 people in April; it was organized by an East Bay open carry group.


    The 707 group formed as a result of that event.

    Gone this time were the handful of protesters who engaged the group in April. Like Schappell, Friesen noted that Saturday's picnic did not have a threatening tone.

    "This is a family event," Friesen said, pointing out the children and dogs people had with them as they chatted about the future of open carry in California.


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    Kudos to the 707 OC group for making it a family event. This is essential to breaking down the gun owner sterotyping media is so quick to perpetuate.
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    Gratz to the 707 group! We had a little mini OC BBQ in Palo Alto on the same day. We were thinking of you! Great job.

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    Much Thanks to East Bay Open Carry is in order as well for bringing the BBQ Grill and food, and for doing the actual BBQing.

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