SACRAMENTO (May 3, 2012) - Assemblyman Jim Nielsen (R-Gerber) defended the Second Amendment Rights of law-abiding citizens by opposing AB 1527 on the Assembly Floor today. Despite opposition from all Republicans the bill passed on a party-line vote. This bill, if signed into law, would ban the open carrying of rifles and shotguns, in a public area.
"The absolute legal carrying of unconcealed firearms by persons not prohibited from possessing firearms is not a public safety threat," said Nielsen. "What is a threat is disarming innocent, law-abiding citizens who need to protect themselves now more than ever, considering the new law, the Realignment disaster which has already led to numerous re-offenses and victimizations."
Nielsen mentioned that this law includes many confusing exemptions that law enforcement won't even be able to figure it out, ensuring that any implementation of the law would be inconsistent and arbitrary. This would do nothing other than preventing law-abiding citizens to exercise their American constitutional right of bearing arms.
According to the National Association for Gun Rights, "Rifles and shotguns are hardly the weapons of choice for the common criminal. This is yet another attempt to prohibit something because it 'looks scary.'" AB 1527 would declare open carry as a misdemeanor, punishable by up to one year in jail and a fine of up to $1,000.
"The evil ones with nefarious intentions will get their weapons, not for their legitimate, legal purposes, but for their illegal, illegitimate purposes, and that is to victimize," said Nielsen.