OPINION: Donnelly Asks for a Veto to a Ban on Long Guns

Donnelly, has sent a letter to Governor Jerry Brown to veto AB 1527, a bill that would ban the open carry of all long guns.

Assemblyman Tim Donnelly, has sent another letter to Governor Jerry Brown this time asking him to veto AB 1527, a bill that would ban the open carry of all long guns - rifles and shotguns, according to the assembly.

The bill was sponsored by Anthony Portantino (D-La Cañada-Flintridge) is reportedly the sequel to Portantino's AB 144, which outlawed "open carry" of unloaded pistols at the beginning of the year, according to the Sacremento Bee.

Assemblyman Donnelly was one of 31 NO votes on AB 1527, joining a bi-partisan opposition.

Below is the letter sent by

Dear Governor Brown,

I am once again writing in order to bring your attention to another bill that infringes on the constitutionally guaranteed rights of all Americans and all Californians, AB 1527.

AB 1527 will ban the open carry of all long guns - rifles and shotguns.

This bill is the ultimate example of a solution in search of a problem.  Unloaded and unconcealed long guns are not an inherent risk to public safety.  AB 1527 is unnecessary and conflicts with the spirit of the Second Amendment as intended by our founders.

In a press release, the author even admitted that this bill is retaliation against the law-abiding citizens who chose to peaceably exercise their right of free speech after the passage of last year's open carry ban on handguns. Punishing these citizens who lawfully engage in public debate is gross over-legislation and an abuse of power.

Brandishing a firearm in a rude or intimidating manner is already a misdemeanor, and actually a felony if brandished to a peace officer. Those are the real crimes, not the mere act of possessing a long gun.

I urge you to stand with myself, law abiding Californians, and the spirit of our founding fathers in vetoing this misguided piece of legislation.


Tim Donnelly

Assemblyman; 59th District

Brian September 24, 2012 at 11:39 PM
Another example of politicians attempting to disarm the public - chiseling, one piece of legislation at a time. Portantino should be removed from office for such ineffective use of the taxpayers' time. It is difficult to understand how a guy like Portantino could be representing La Canada / Flintridge, which, the last time I looked, was a highly conservative area of educated, upper middle-class residents. I've seen Pat Buchanan speak at the Jeffers estate a couple of times and I've been to a Tea Party event there as well. QUESTION: HOW in the world did Portantino get elected to represent the people of La Canada / Flintridge????????
Dan MacPherson September 25, 2012 at 05:14 AM
There was quite a discussion on this bill here some months ago. Most of the participants seemed to ignore the word "unloaded". Dan MacPherson
Lucy September 25, 2012 at 10:57 PM
Yes, "highly conservative" La Canada has changed. A growing liberal enclave has taken root over the past 4 years, and we are also highly educated and upper middle-class like the conservative citizens of the city. Mr. Portantino has served our area well over his tenure and unfortunately will not be running again due to term limits. It's probably best not to assume La Canada will stay stuck in the '60s anymore.


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