The California State Assembly recently passed a law banning open carry of unloaded handguns. Now some activists are bringing unloaded rifles out in protest. His stance: “Since California has made it illegal to carry a handgun, I have to carry a shotgun. People should be allowed to defend themselves in public.”
Charles Nichols brought his unloaded 12-gauge Harrington & Richardson shotgun he purchased about 30 years ago with some shells taped to the back to a city pier. The protest was peaceful, although upon entry to a nearby park his shotgun was confiscated and he was criminally cited for bringing the shotgun onto park property (a violation of a city ordinance).
Nichols is also the plaintiff in a lawsuit filed Nov. 30 in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles challenging California’s firearm laws.
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