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Unloaded Guns Can't Be Carried in All Places

Hermosa Beach police post a map of places where firearms are restricted in preparation for a pro-gun demonstration Saturday.

In nearly half of the city, residents could be fined thousands of dollars for carrying an unloaded firearm in public if they don't have a permit. The Hermosa Beach Police Department recently mapped out these restricted areas -- which include government buildings, public parks, post offices and within a 1,000-foot radius around school property--in preparation for a pro-gun demonstration Saturday.

Activists seeking to promote their right to openly carry an unloaded gun will wear such firearms as they clean up trash around town. In an interview, police Chief Greg Savelli said that he discussed these restricted areas with Harley Green, the event organizer and founder of South Bay Open Carry.

South Bay Open Carry members plan to start picking up trash near Valley Drive at 11 a.m. Saturday.

Charles Nichols July 07, 2010 at 04:58 AM
I believe that the clean-up will proceed West along 8th Street towards the Strand. It does begin at the intersection of 8th St and Valley. Those who will be armed should take particular note that the greenbelt which cuts through the city is marked as a prohibited area as is the beach itself West of the Strand. CNReporter
Charles Nichols July 07, 2010 at 05:25 AM
I should also have mentioned that the most important areas to avoid are the encircled areas around the schools. If convicted under the pre-Heller/McDonald law one could be sent to prison for years. If my site wasn't down I would provide a couple of links to articles I've written describing cases where both the prosecution and defense agreed that the convicted person was innocent but the US Supreme Court upheld the conviction. Why? Because "actual innocence" is irrelevant to the Court. All the Court cares about is whether or not there was "due process." Long story short, stay at least 1,000 feet away from the K-12 schools be they public or private.
Mike July 07, 2010 at 02:48 PM
The local ordiances banning gun carry in parks and beaches are questionable under California's field preemption doctrine. Further, anyone holding a concealed handgun permit can carry loaded and concealed in the school zones, or unloaded openly. But let's focus on killing the Saldana bill forks see the video commercial at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FgJmg1lVQ7M
bobsolla July 07, 2010 at 04:41 PM
wow!are california carry laws that assine?i`am glad i live in florida where a ccw license is shall issued,and there aren`t restrictions other than school grounds,police,court and mentally ill facility buildings.also you can`t go into a bar only establishment,but you can go into a chili`s or similar type restaurant,as long as your not drinking.i think these people are trying to do a good thing,and are being harrassed by police and other`s!
Tom F. July 07, 2010 at 08:02 PM
Have they forgotten about the dog obedience classes at South Park? Can't that qualify as a school, too? Many of us in the south end are all for that.
Charles Nichols July 07, 2010 at 08:52 PM
Tom, leave the comedy for the comedians. The gun free school zones are pre-Heller/McDonald laws and will be the first to fall. Have you considered moving to a country with lots of gun control laws like Mexico? I'm sure you would be much happier there.
Sara Catania July 07, 2010 at 09:20 PM
Hi all, Just a reminder that Patch loves to hear from the community and healthy debate is encouraged, but it's important for all of us to maintain a respectful tone.
Charles Nichols August 10, 2010 at 05:56 PM
I received an email from the Torrance Police Department: "Hello Mr. Nichols... I hear Friday's photo op was very successful for you and quite uneventful for us...which is a good thing. It truly pays off to work together with mutual respect. We accomplished what we set out to do...have a win-win situation! Thanks again for working with the Torrance Police Department. Take care." As you can see, the difference in attitude between the Hermosa Beach, Torrance PD and the Redondo Beach PD is night and day. The first two cities obey the law, Redondo Beach makes it up as it pleases.

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