Because carrying an unloaded holstered gun in public can cause fear in the minds of Stasi police enforcers and may foster the undesirable trait of self-respect among the civilian serfdom.
No serf should ever have the same rights as an agent of the State. Next thing you know the serfs will be calling taxation theft and demanding an end to central economic planning. The State must nip this in the bud.
Reason Magazine reports:
Last night, California Governor Jerry Brown scribbled into the wee hours of the evening, signing into law more than 100 bills put onto his desk by the California legislature. This caps off a legislative session that saw a total of 464 bills signed into law, which means that the full force and power of the California government can now be used keep citizens safe from everything from school bullies, to self-service checkouts at the grocery store, to overly strenuous apprenticeships.
Among the bills signed into law is AB 144, which prohibits the “open carry” of firearms under threat of a $1,000 fine and up to one year in jail. Reason.tv explored this very issue a few months ago, talking with the bill’s author Anthony Portantino, as well Sam Wolanyk, an Open Carry advocate and head of Responsible Citizens of California.
This morning, a representative from Portantino’s office e-mailed the following statement from the assembly member:
“I want to thank Governor Brown for recognizing the importance of this public safety measure that will help reduce the threat to the public and to law enforcement. … ‘Open carry’ wastes law enforcement time and resources when they could be out catching criminals or solving crimes. Instead, when officers are called to investigate the display of a weapon on an ‘open carry’ proponent, it takes their attention away from where it’s needed and puts folks at unnecessary risk.”
This, of course, is inconsistent with the fact, which Portantino concedes at 4:45 in the video, that Open Carry has resulted in exactly zero known deaths or injuries in California.
You have to love this line:
‘Open carry’ wastes law enforcement time and resources when they could be out catching criminals or solving crimes.
Because legislating a law that turns harmless people into criminals now allows law enforcement to deal with real criminals, such as those people who are walking around with unloaded holstered guns in public.
The logic behind that statement is so mind blowing I have to wonder how he was able to spew it forth from his facial rectal cavity without laughing himself to death.