If I carried an unloaded AK-47 into a Starbucks...
I know that California is way behind the 8-ball when it comes to open carry initiatives, but I'm curious to know what would happen if I slung an AK-47 over my shoulder, unloaded, and walked into a Starbucks to order a latte? Could I be arrested? Under what statute? Misdemeanor or felony?
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This is a hypothetical question. I always like discussions. The biggest problem is to frame the situation.
As your first post, should it make me worry? Probably not. Your question was one of legality, not of collecting pennies.
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I'm not a lawyer. I don't know california law, but this is an interesting excercise to try to understand how a normal, everyday person would go about trying to find out what laws affect this hypothetical situation.
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My internet search started with "NRA California Gun Laws".
The overview under California, Carry seems to target loaded guns and handguns loaded or not. OC seems to address only handguns.
SO THIS IS AN INTERESTING QUESTION,
Note: I am disappointed that the NRA ILA page is not referenced (footnotes to the source of the material).
Why would you want to do this? Are you trying to help get more gun freedom or more gun control?
It depends on the laws in your locale, but I'm betting you probably would be arrested. What you're charged with...that's up to the arresting cops. Ask them.
If you're trying to improve gun freedom and relax gun control laws and get people more comfortable around firearms, this stunt would be exactly the wrong thing to do. If you really think this is a good idea, please don't be on my side; you'd be doing far more harm than good.