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Open Carry Handgun Lawsuit Underway

Where do you weigh in?

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.

Do you support the Nichols lawsuit? On what grounds? Watch the attached video of Nichols and tell us your thoughts below.

Paul R McHugh April 03, 2012 at 10:31 PM
Why are only police and politicians the only people allowed to protect themselves? neither of these can do anything until after crimes have been committed!
Dog April 03, 2012 at 10:37 PM
Cause no matter the how right and legal it may be it would still freak everyday people out everywhere you went if you openly carried a handgun on your belt, just don't see the real reason for doing it...
Bill Mclean April 03, 2012 at 11:17 PM
In Arizona You can carry open or concealed with no permit. People are all over the place carrying guns on their hip here in the Parker Az. area. Nobody notices. Its all in what You are used to. Crime is minimal too.
Robert Svidergol April 04, 2012 at 12:19 AM
you must be an idiot to carry a unloaded firearm openly,these cops are killing people that are unarmed.........they see a gun they freaked out and just starting shooting with no regard
Jeff Stoffel April 04, 2012 at 02:59 AM
What bad guys/gang bangers carry their guns openly in a holster? If a call comes in re: man with a gun, the dispatcher just needs to ask a couple questions; 911: "Where is the gun? Caller: "In a holster on his hip" 911: "Whats the man doing? Caller: Ummm, shopping/drinking coffee? Yeah, thats an "Open Carrier" its completely legal, but we'll have our first available officer swing by and check it out; thank you and have a good day! Hey you Liberal gun grabbers, there is nothing in the Constitution that says you have the right to be free of fear! If there was, the obama administration would make scary dreams illegal! But the last I looked, the Constitution, including the 2nd Amendment still exist!
Roberto April 04, 2012 at 05:17 AM
We have no choice but to arm the citizenary. We too like Florida need to pass a law to defend ourselves.
Angel Var April 04, 2012 at 01:37 PM
Agree...police/liberal politicians and famous people are the only ones permitted to protect themselves in California. Open and concealed carry should be legal. I am sick of liberals using incidents of gun crimes as a reason to punish legitimate and law abiding citizens. Facts are facts....most crimes with guns occur in states with strict to no gun rights (cali, new york, chicago, etc). I just don't read about too many people dying in the streets of Texas from legitimate gun owners. I do hear about illegal guns killing people all the time...
Gmck April 05, 2012 at 03:50 AM
Yeah, I just can't wait for the day when 90, 95% of the populace is walking around with giant guns in their holsters. I just love the smell of gunpowder and seeing all that glistening firepower -- sounds like Utopia to me.
Dan Weston April 06, 2012 at 01:08 AM
Sounds like a typical, dumb, snarky comment by another drug-addled liberal. And, yes, it will be a Utopia of sorts: one much more free from crime!

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