AirTalk for April 21, 2010

California's open-carry gun law challenged

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A copy of the U.S. Constitution is stuffed into a gun holster during a pro-gun rally on April 19, 2010 in Washington, DC.

The state Assembly has advanced a bill that would change California's open-carry gun law. The legislation, authored by Assemblywoman Lori Saldana, would make it a misdemeanor to openly carry an unloaded handgun in public areas, subject to exceptions. In California, individuals are allowed to carry a gun without a license, though it must be unloaded. The measure would not affect current law that allows those with permits to carry concealed weapons, even if they are loaded. What does the proposed legislation mean for gun rights?


Assemblywoman Lori Saldana, D-San Diego, who wrote the legislation

Assemblyman Curt Hagman, R-60th District, California

Lt. Wayne Bilowit, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department

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