Open carry law in california

Discussion in '1911 Forum' started by EMTchad, Sep 4, 2011.

  1. EMTchad

    EMTchad New Member

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    Hi everyone. I recently learned that I can actually open carry a firearm as long as it is not loaded, but can also keep my loaded magazines in my Mag pouch on the side. What do you guys think of this?
     
  2. RecklessRegard

    RecklessRegard New Member

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    Don't know what other guys think, but I don't see anything good coming from this. A firearm is just a hunk of metal (or polymer) unless it is loaded. In a SHTF situation, it is unknown how long you have to load a weapon. If you're carrying out in the open, you would most certainly be looked at as a first target to a BG. Will you have enough time to give behind cover and do a combat load? But, that is the way my brain works.
     

  3. AznZOhAn

    AznZOhAn New Member

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    It's not smart to carry open, and you're right you're a target for bad guys.
     
  4. AznZOhAn

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    Especially when you got a SA loaded, to nice of a gun to carry. If you shoot somebody with it the police are going to take it for about 2-4 weeks and shoot it, get dirty, and mark on it so they can make sure you haven't killed anybody else with it. Just get a smaller and cheaper pistol and stick it in your pocket.
     
  5. CaseyChadwell

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    I live in rural Kentucky and I open carry quite often. When I want to hide my handgun, I can and do, but there are times when I enjoy open carry. Thats just me. I would never do it in a larger city, or any type of city for that matter. But when I am just running to the gas station, it doesnt bother me to have my handgun in the open.
     
  6. neilage66

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    You will frighten people.
    They will dial 911.
    You will interact with law enforcement.
    It's anyone's guess from there.
    You might want a good attorney on retainer.

    Some light reading regarding a local incident:
     
  7. CA357

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    I don't think it's a good idea to open carry, especially in California. The entire State is full of hanky stomping, squeamish liberals. They only approve of confrontation when they're sticking it to Joe Citizen.

    I sometimes open carry when I go camping. Other than that, I'm just another face in the crowd. ;)

    BTW:

    Wednesday, June 08, 2011

    Contact members of the Senate Appropriations Committee TODAY to OPPOSE AB 144!

    Unfortunately, the California Senate Public Safety Committee sided with the anti-gun extremists and passed Assembly Bill 144, the open carry ban bill, by a 4 to 2 vote yesterday. This bill now goes to the Senate Appropriations Committee.

    It is crucial that you call AND e-mail members of the Senate Appropriation Committee TODAY and urge them not to fall for the rhetoric anti-gun extremists are touting about the open carrying of a firearm causing more violence. Contact information for members of the Senate Appropriations Committee can be found below.

    There are currently only six states that do not allow for the open carrying of a firearm. California is the ONLY state considering banning open carry. In fact, many states are considering legislation to loosen the restrictions on gun owners by allowing law-abiding citizens to carry a firearm without a permit.

    Do anti-gun activists really think that criminals will stop committing crimes if law-abiding citizens can no longer openly carry a firearm? Crimes are not being committed by law-abiding individuals who openly carry an unloaded firearm in California.

    Introduced by anti-gun Assemblyman Anthony Portantino (D-44), AB 144 would change the state’s gun laws and prohibit law-abiding citizens from carrying an unloaded handgun openly.

    Please forward this alert to your family, friends and fellow gun owners asking them to also call members of the Senate Appropriations Committee to OPPOSE AB 144.

    Help stop anti-gun activists from chipping away at our Second Amendment rights in California by calling and e-mailing the Senate Appropriations Committee TODAY.
     
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  8. sweeper22

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    Open carry can bring a lot of headaches your way. "Unloaded" open carry would translate to constant headaches with very little gained in the process.

    Try diligently to get a concealed carry license. I know California is extremely difficult to deal with in that regard...but I'd speculate that if you are in fact an active EMT by profession, that would at least give you an inside track as it falls within the broad scope of "Homeland Security". That's an avenue that should be researched if you are (or will be) working in the EMS field.
     
  9. MrWray

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    I think california has always been against anything to do with firearms. I fear tht california is a lost cause
     
  10. CA357

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    I understand the feeling and many times I get discouraged, but we have actually made some progress. If the best we can do is hold the line, so be it. But we can't give up, we are in the right.
     
  11. AznZOhAn

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    Most shootings happen in close quarters, 7'-11'. With an unloaded gun on your hip, you be better off learning MMA and beat the guy to death. Open carry has more draw backs than benefits, but unloaded is kind of pointless.
     
  12. CA357

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    I understand the need to exercise our rights. However, unloaded open carry seems like more hassle than it's worth for the trouble involved. Should it be legal? Yes. Is it a sensible thing to do? Not so much.

    It's probably better to carry a framing hammer because you don't have to take the time to load it.
     
  13. MrWray

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    Hey i know sum people tht should only b able to carry a framing hammer
     
  14. CA357

    CA357 New Member Supporter

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    I love a good framing hammer, but I prefer a rigging axe. :D

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    You can see it on the wall here:

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  15. EMTchad

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    You all make perfect sense. And yeah i wouldnt be open carrying for no reason, maybe if I went camping or something that's pretty much it. I strongly believe we have all the rights to protect ourselves, and let us get a Ccp. I'm am active EMT and an FTO for downtown Los angeles. Sometimes these people here go nuts on us jus because we are wearing uniforms and look like LEO... it gets bad sometimes.
     
  16. EMTchad

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    LOL! ca357 dude that is hilarious. Can u imagine what people think if I had that strapped to my side everywhere. Might as well have warpaint on my face too
     
  17. Chainfire

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    I remember, when hurrican Andrew ravaged Dade County, Florida, that initially the National Guard troops, patrolling the streets were armed with unloaded ARs.

    The crooks took some of the guns from the troops.

    An open carry, empty gun, is a gun store for a crook. With a little luck, when a gang takes it from you they won't pistol whip you with it.
     
  18. MrWray

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    Lol, thts good stuff
     
  19. HOSSFLY

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    To open carry in public anywhere is beggin for attention -
    Do it & you'll get it :(
    You will not like it :rolleyes:
     
  20. MrWray

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    I was given this as a gift, i think it could inflict sum damage....but back to the topic, there will always b those types of people tht want the attention because they feel "cool". I carry to protect myself and my family not to look like a badass