SLO Chief behind open carrying legislation
October 11, 2011
San Luis Obispo Police Chief Deborah Linden launched the successful effort to criminalize the open carrying of unloaded handguns in public, wrote Dave Maggard, president of the California Police Chiefs Association, in an email.
On Monday, Gov. Jerry Brown announced he had signed legislation that prohibits the openly carrying of handguns in public amid heavy opposition from gun enthusiasts.
The open-carry ban, by Assemblyman Anthony Portantino, D-Pasadena, was sponsored by the California Police Chiefs Association.
“We spoke extensively with the Governor yesterday about the importance of this bill and are extremely pleased that he signed it,” Maggard said in his Tuesday email. “I would be remiss if I did not call attention to the work of Chief Deb Linden of San Luis Obispo (who first brought this issue before Cal Chiefs for action) and Chief Ken James of Emeryville (who did some major heavy lifting to get this bill through the Legislature in the face of well organized opposition from the NRA and its allied organizations).”
The measure exempts peace officers, military gatherings, gun shows and hunting. It also requires the state to keep records of rifle sales starting in January 2014.