The annual tradition is supposed to be harmless – and a new state law banning the open carry of handguns will make it even more so.
On Hoos’gow Day in San Juan Capistrano, members of the Fiesta Association roam the city in search of clean-shaven men and people not wearing Western-style clothes. They fire blanks and cart a portable jail to lock them up. Jail sentences are short for those who buy a small fiesta souvenir to help fund the Swallows Day Parade.
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