On Jan. 1, a new law went into effect that bans open carrying of unloaded handguns in California, but a resident is challenging it – in a roundabout way.
In a federal lawsuit, Charles Nichols of Redondo Beach, president of California Right To Carry, is challenging California's 1967 ban on openly carrying of loaded firearms in public. If successful, the challenge would render the Jan. 1 ban on open carry of unloaded handguns irrelevant, Nichols contends.
The new law drafted by Anthony Portantino (D-Pasadena) and signed by Gov. Jerry Brown makes it a misdemeanor to carry an exposed and unloaded gun in a public place.
In October, we asked Patch readers how they felt about the new law. to see the story and the responses.
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