This summer, the California legislature came within a whisker of enacting a state-wide ban on open carry. [Note: current law allows owners to display unloaded weapons.] sfgate.com reports that the LA City Council is now working on creating a city-wide open carry ban. “On Friday [Los Angeles City Council President Eric Garcetti’s motion to explore the possibility of an open carry ban] was seconded by six of his City Council colleagues on the motion, which he called necessary in the wake of recent shootings in Tucson and gun-related incidents on LA school campuses this week. Garcetti says carrying even an unloaded handgun can be intimidating and threaten public safety.”
While the Supreme Court’s McDonald decision—striking down Chicago’s handgun ban—-makes this knee-jerkery a non-starter, it brings new attention to the open carry movement.
The OC folks haven’t had a lot of press lately, and theirs is the cutting edge of the gun rights movement. If the LA Council pursues this plan and enacts an ordinance, a successful legal challenge could help extend gun rights outside the home.
In fact, I spoke with an NRA guy active in the Chicago area about how U.S. gun law will eventually shakeout in regards to concealed and/or open carry, now that the Supremes have incorporated the Second Amendment.
“It’ll probably be like a car. You can buy it and use it on your own property without state interference. Once you enter public road, you’re subject to rules and regulations regarding safety.”