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    Press Enterprise (CA) - Open carry legislation loaded issue

    http://www.pe.com/localnews/stories/...7.2598420.html

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    Before heading out the door, it's not unusual for Richard Mafera and Mario Carvajal to grab their keys, their wallets and their handguns.

    Mafera, who is from Rancho Cucamonga, and Carvajal, a Temecula resident, are among the unknown number of Inland residents who practice "open carry" -- carrying firearms in plain sight.

    Under current law, residents can carry unconcealed guns in public that are not loaded. They also can have ammunition on their person, but cannot go within 1,000 feet of schools or take guns to places like government buildings.

    "It's just your natural right to defend yourself," said Carvajal, 39. "Open carry is nothing more than a tool to achieve that goal of self-defense."

    A proposed state law would make openly carrying a handgun a misdemeanor. Sponsored by Assemblywoman Lori Saldana, D-San Diego, the bill passed the state Assembly earlier this month and is set to go before the Senate Appropriations Committee on July 12.

    Rachel Arrezola, a spokeswoman for Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, said the governor has not yet taken a position on the bill and will decide when it reaches his desk whether to sign or veto it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike View Post
    http://www.pe.com/localnews/stories/...7.2598420.html

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    Before heading out the door, it's not unusual for Richard Mafera and Mario Carvajal to grab their keys, their wallets and their handguns.

    Mafera, who is from Rancho Cucamonga, and Carvajal, a Temecula resident, are among the unknown number of Inland residents who practice "open carry" -- carrying firearms in plain sight.

    Under current law, residents can carry unconcealed guns in public that are not loaded. They also can have ammunition on their person, but cannot go within 1,000 feet of schools or take guns to places like government buildings.

    "It's just your natural right to defend yourself," said Carvajal, 39. "Open carry is nothing more than a tool to achieve that goal of self-defense."

    A proposed state law would make openly carrying a handgun a misdemeanor. Sponsored by Assemblywoman Lori Saldana, D-San Diego, the bill passed the state Assembly earlier this month and is set to go before the Senate Appropriations Committee on July 12.

    Rachel Arrezola, a spokeswoman for Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, said the governor has not yet taken a position on the bill and will decide when it reaches his desk whether to sign or veto it.

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    I wonder if he is waiting like we are....for McDonald?
    A citizen may not be required to offer a ―good and substantial reason-- why he should be permitted to exercise his rights. The right‘s existence is all the reason he needs.

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    Thought it was a reasonably fair article. I hope he has a follow-up after the McDonald SCOTUS decision and before the state senate votes on AB1934. The follow-up article should be an objective look at AB1934 in light of the decision.

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    Agreed, good article...just the facts. I also agree a follow up post incorporation article is in order. The State would no longer be acting within their rights, but would truly be infringing upon ours. The game is changing.

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