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California state lawmakers seeking to revive two controversial gun bills made progress Tuesday, as an Assembly committee approved proposals targeting the “open carry” protest movement and requiring records on long gun sales.

Assembly Bill 144, by Assemblyman Anthony Portantino, D-La Cañada Flintridge, would make it a crime to openly carry an unloaded handgun in public. A number of circumstances and activities would be exempt from the ban, including some ceremonies, hunting and gun shows.

“Open carrying of weapons is something that belongs on a Hollywood movie set, not on Main Street or Starbucks,” Portantino said in testimony to the Assembly Public Safety Committee. “You don’t need a sidearm in order to buy a cheeseburger.”

Source: Torey Van Oot for The Sacramento Bee via Miami Herald.

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