City Council asks for review of a proposed ban on the 'open carry' of handguns on city property
The Los Angeles City Council on Wednesday asked city lawyers to review a proposed ban on the "open carry" of handguns on city property -- from offices to parks and harbors.
Earlier this year, in the wake of January's shooting rampage in Arizona, City Councilman Eric Garcetti proposed a ban that would prohibit "open carry" guns anywhere within city limits. But the city attorney's office, which had been asked to report on the feasibility and legality of a citywide ban, recommended a ban on city property only.
The council on Wednesday also voted to direct its lobbyists to press the Legislature to pass a bill that would ban open-carry statewide. California law allows residents to carry unloaded handguns in a visible place, such as a holster.
A bill sponsored by Assemblyman Anthony Portantino (D-La Cañada Flintridge) would reverse that law and prohibit civilians from carrying exposed handguns in any public place. Violators could face up to a year in jail and a $1,000 fine.
Suzanne Verge, the president of the Los Angeles chapter of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, said that she was hopeful that the state bill would be passed, and did not mind that the council had scaled back its previous proposal for a citywide ban.
"I'm optimistic that we'll get the open-carry ban passed at the state level, so I'm not disappointed," Verge said.
-- Kate Linthicum at Los Angeles City Hall