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The measure sailed through the Assembly's Appropriations Committee last Wednesday following a demonstration of both open-carry supporters and opponents in Old Pasadena the week before.
AB 144 makes it a crime to openly carry an unloaded handgun in any public place or street. Violations are a misdemeanor punishable by up to one year in jail and/or a fine of up to $1,000. Law-enforcement personnel are exempt, as are hunters and others carrying unloaded weapons under specified licensed circumstances.