Assembly member Lori Saldana amended the text of AB 1934 with the intent of outlawing the open carry of unloaded handguns on public places. It does this by changing the trext of PC 12025 (f), which reads:
So, the way this works is that handguns carried in belt holsters are classified as concealed weapons, requiring a nearly impossible to obtain CCW permit from the state. Since most of the UOC events that have caused so much anxiety among non-gun owners have taken place in incorporated areas of cities, this proposed change effectively ends that practice.
(f) Firearms carried openly in belt holsters are not concealed within the meaning of this section.
In addition, a new section, 12037, is added defining the punishments one is liable to for committing the newly defined crime of carrying an unloaded handgun, as well as a long list of exceptions that allow many ordinary handgun activities, such as range sessions and handling guns in gun shops.
Note that this bill should not effect the carrying of concealed or loaded guns while engaged in hunting or fishing because that activity is an exception to the concealed weapon laws.
This bill is currently in the Assembly Committee on Public Safety, with no hearing date set.
Prediction: This bill will very likely pass, further narrowing the ability of law abiding citizens to exercise their 2nd Amendment rights. Thanks a lot Open Carry Movement