Gun rights activists will holster unloaded weapons on their belts while they clean up trash in Hermosa Beach next month to educate the public that firearms can be openly carried in California.
During the event, tentatively scheduled for mid-July, up to five members of South Bay Open Carry will carry unloaded guns.
"We plan on openly carrying our guns while picking up trash along 8th Street from Valley to the beach and along Hermosa Avenue or the Strand to Pier/Downtown area, ending at a coffee shop to be determined," the group's leader, Harley Green, wrote on his organization's Web site.
Green, a Hermosa Beach resident, did not respond Monday to a phone call or an e-mail.
Green, however, met this month with Hermosa Beach Police Chief Greg Savelli, who said the group has the right to wear guns openly in California, as long as they are unloaded.
California law allows anybody to carry an unloaded handgun in public with ammunition, as long as the two are carried separately.
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According to the SBOC website, the trash cleanup program is "intended to educate the public on the right to openly carry unloaded firearms in Hermosa Beach and California in general."
South Bay Open Carry wants to "facilitate change through positive community interactions."
"You may see us out picking up trash along the beach or greenbelt, serving food at shelters and churches, handing out water on hot summer days," the website says.
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The South Bay group is an offshoot of a Northern California group that held a similar trash cleanup event on a San Francisco beach in February.
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