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New Law: California To Ban Open Carry Of Rifles

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(Sacramento, CA)
Monday, December 24, 2012

The handgun law took effect a year ago, and former Democratic State Assemblyman Anthony Portantino says reaction to that ban prompted the new one:

"The open carry activists started to encourage their members to take their rifles and shotguns on main street California and they created the problem."

Ron Cottingham is President of the Peace Officers Research Association of California. He says the ban reduces public anxiety and saves law enforcement resources:
"I think it means a safer California."
John Pierce with Opencarry-dot-org says the bans infringe on gun-owners rights-but they will respect the change:
"They will obey the law, even though it is clearly bad public policy and contrary to the second amendment."
Pierce says California is out of step with many other states, which allow some form of open carry.
Most rural areas are exempt from the ban.
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