I just checked and it appears that you can have ammunition on you. My bad. It is a big controversy here that has been in the news for some time. Here is a news clip from my area on the subject.
Fast forward to 2:40 and it explains the reason why lawmakers took away our right to carry loaded weapons. At 3:15 it explains the local rules for law enforcement in Sunnyvale, but this is not necessarily the same statewide. The one that gets me is that you cannot carry within 1000 feet of a school. That is quite a distance. There was a guy who was arrested while walking his dog in San Jose because he was a block away from a school and open carrying. Mind you, he had to walk all the way around the block before he would have been able to enter the campus, the 1000 feet is technically a linear distance from the edge of the school campus and so you do not have to be able to actually see
the school within 1000 feet. I have heard cops say that according to their interpretation a citizen who lives across the street from a school cannot legally carry inside their own home
because they are within 1000 feet of a school.
There was even a school district here in CA that enacted a district-wide ban on all guns on school property which required anybody with a gun (including law enforcement officers) to turn their weapon in to the school principal
while they were on campus
. It was later modified to allow law enforcement officers to carry on campus, but can you believe it?
I am all for shall issue CCW and I feel that loaded open carry should be legal as well so that people do not get busted if their CC weapon is seen by somebody. To have one without the other just gives the cops that much more power over you.