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Proposed ban on open display of firearms in California sparks pistol-packing protest

April 23, 2011 |  6:57 pm

This post has been corrected. See the note at the bottom for details.

A group of gun-rights activists took to the busy streets of Old Pasadena with pistols at their hips in protest of a proposed statewide ban on openly carrying firearms.

Assemblyman Anthony Portantino (D–La Cañada Flintridge) is the author of a bill backed by the California Police Chiefs Assn. that would make it illegal for gun owners to openly display unloaded firearms in public places.

Such public showings of unloaded weapons are permitted under current state law, which also allows gun holders to carry ammunition separately on their person.

Pasadena police reported no incidents or arrests during Thursday's event. Across the street, Portantino joined a counter-demonstration organized by the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, which also included the Pasadena branch of the NAACP, the Violence Prevention Coalition of Greater Los Angeles and members of Pasadena's All Saints Episcopal Church.

Read more: "Proposed open carry ban sparks protest."

For the record, 9:57 p.m., April 23: A previous version of the headline on this post referred to a "ban on open display of firearms." It is a proposed ban.

-- Joe Piasecki, La Cañada Valley Sun / Times Community News