Termed out State Assembly Member Lori Saldana, has introduced a bill that would further reduce the ability of law abiding Californians to carry a firearm for personal protection. The bill, AB 1934, would outlaw unloaded open carry in public places. AB 1934 has generated a considerable amount of opposition from gun-rights groups, including the National Rifle Association, Gun Owners of California and the California Rifle and Pistol Association.
Now, the Republican Liberty Caucus of California, has joined the fight against Saldana hoping to lay AB 1934 to rest. The libertarian leaning Republican organization has an event scheduled today where members plan to exercise their 1st Amendment rights to protect what they recognize as every individuals “natural right of self-defense.”
Unlike the pro-gun groups, which for the most part view AB 1934 as an attack upon the right of the people to keep and bear arms, the RLCCA has taken a different approach. They actually cite Article 1, Section 1 of the California State Constitution under the Declaration of Rights:
“All people are by nature free and independent and have inalienable rights. Among these are enjoying and defending life and liberty, acquiring, possessing, and protecting property, and pursuing and obtaining safety, happiness, and privacy.”
Gary Clift, a Republican candidate for Congressional District 10, who’s campaign has been endorsed by the RLCCA spoke out against AB 1934, “This bill would only punish law abiding citizens of this state. Take it from a former law enforcement official, this legislation really couldn’t have come at a worse time. The state is looking to cut back public safety services due to budgetary constraints and other shortfalls. On top of that we’re releasing thousands of prison inmates back into society as a cost cutting measure. It’s insulting to the good people of California who would only be left with one less option to provide for their own personal protection. I hope to see AB 1934 defeated.”
From 10:00 AM until 5:00 PM today, the Republican Liberty Caucus is asking their supporters, fellow Republicans and Second Amendment advocates to stand with them and make a phone call to the Assembly Appropriations Committee to voice opposition to AB1934!
AB 1934 is scheduled for hearing at the State Capitol on Wednesday in the Assembly Appropriations Committee, room 4202 at 9:00 AM.