California Gun Owners Pushing For Open Carry Of Firearms In State

By AWR Hawkins

Open Carry Church
California Gun Owners Pushing For Open Carry Of Firearms In State
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Washington DC – -(  The Gun Owners of California (GOC), a gun rights organization, is renewing its push for open carry of firearms in the state.

According to the San Francisco Chronicle, the push comes four years after a group of gun owners in Northern California pushed for open carry of “unloaded handguns,” and two years since the state legislature passed a law banning open carry “except for rural counties where a gun owner obtains law enforcement permission.”

But now that the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled twice in favor of gun rights regarding concealed carry — once on February 13th and again on March 5th — GOC's Sam Paredes believes the time is right to pursue open carry again.

Paredes is quoted by the Chronicle: “That's the nest logical step in the evolution of gun rights in California.” 

He described the earlier pushes for open carry in the northern part of the state as “gun flaunting gatherings.” These were gatherings where people carried holstered, unloaded handguns into establishments and it made people nervous.

Parades said that is not the tactic GOC will use. Rather, it will fight for open carry via “the courts.”

Cody Jacobs, with San Francisco's Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence, criticized GOC's tactics, telling the Chronicle“The gun lobby can't win this fight through the democratic process, so they are trying to overturn the will of the people through the court.”

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  • 2 thoughts on “California Gun Owners Pushing For Open Carry Of Firearms In State

    1. When will the proponents of open carry learn their actions do nothing but alienate the majority of voting public? The reaction to someone open carrying in the local mall is almost always negative. Concealed Carry provides protection without the shock effect and should be our goal. Remember, those alienated vote, and they are the majority.

    2. This article is pure BS! There is only one lawsuit which seeks to overturn California’s Open Carry bans and I filed it – Nichols v. Brown. The National Rifle Association opposes Open Carry. In addition to sending out a letter to all of its members councils in this state opposing my Open Carry lawsuit, the NRA asked the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals to stay the appeal of my preliminary injunction against California’s ban on openly carrying loaded firearms as well as the bans on openly carrying unloaded firearms.

      Sam Paredes of Gun Owners of California opposes Open Carry. His organization filed an Amicus Brief in support of the NRA lawsuit, a lawsuit which argued to uphold California’s Loaded Open Carry ban and, incredibly, California’s Gun Free School Zone Act of 1995 as well. Besides, Gun Owners of California does not file lawsuits. It keeps all of the money fools donate to the GOC.

      Gene Hoffman of CalGuns.nuts has always been the most vocal opponent of Open Carry in the state and no one has done more damage to concealed carry than the CalGuns Foundation. Thanks to their lawsuit, CalGuns Foundation v. County of San Mateo, for the first time in the history of California, counties and cities can now enact their own concealed carry bans (even for those with a state permit) without first obtaining approval from the state legislature.

      Charles Nichols – President of California Right To Carry

      “[A] right to carry arms openly: “This is the right guaranteed by the Constitution of the United States, and which is calculated to incite men to a manly and noble defence of themselves, if necessary, and of their country, without any tendency to secret advantages and unmanly assassinations.”” District of Columbia v. Heller, 128 S. Ct. 2783 – Supreme Court (2008) at 2809.

      “Like most rights, the right secured by the Second Amendment is not unlimited. From Blackstone through the 19th-century cases, commentators and courts routinely explained that the right was not a right to keep and carry any weapon whatsoever in any manner whatsoever and for whatever purpose. For example, the majority of the 19th-century courts to consider the question held that prohibitions on carrying concealed weapons were lawful under the Second Amendment or state analogues.” District of Columbia v. Heller, 128 S. Ct. 2783 – Supreme Court (2008) at 2816.

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