And just in case you didn’t think it was hard enough to be a California gun owner, on Friday Gov. Jerry Brown passed a bill further limiting the rights of the state’s law-abiding citizens.
In a statement released following his signing of Assembly Bill 7, Brown said, “In effect this bill closes a narrow loophole in California’s existing open carry prohibitions.” What the bill actually does, however, is further limit where California gun owners can defend themselves by adding certain unincorporated areas to the list of public places where open carry is prohibited. With the signing of AB7, Golden State gun owners lost another slice of their Second Amendment freedoms, a set of rights already facing death by a thousand cuts.
There was a surprising bit of good news, however. In a rare show of common sense, Brown vetoed SB 464—which would have placed additional storage and security requirements on FFLs—claiming “local authorities are in the best position to determine what, if any, additional measures are needed.”