California: Open Carry Makes People Nervous
October 11, 2011 by Sam Rolley
In California, a law that allowed for the open-carry of unloaded handguns was overturned on Monday by Governor Jerry Brown.
According to a POLITICO report, the decision stems from complaints from police chiefs and sheriffs in the State who say that open carry makes too many citizens nervous.
“They are tied up dealing with calls from the public about gun-toting men and women in the coffee shop,” California Assemblyman Anthony Portantino, who introduced the bill, said according to the news outlet. “As law enforcement officials tell me, it’s not safe and someone is going to get hurt.”
In the weeks leading up to the new rule, gun rights activists have gathered in large groups throughout the State brandishing their holstered firearms, which the article concedes “made many members of the public nervous.”
According to POLITICO, the Governor also signed other bills into effect in the past few days, including a State version of the DREAM Act; a bill banning the sale and possession of shark fins; a farm workers’ rights bill; a bill limiting the use of tanning beds for those under 18 years old; and a union-backed bill prohibiting grocery stores from selling beer, wine or liquor using self-checkout lanes.