One year ago (March 10, 2021), I reposted the above embedded video from Attorney Alan Beck’s Facebook page from my YouTube channel. An hour or so later, I checked my email and discovered that YouTube had deleted my channel. I’ve appealed, but YouTube won’t tell me why I’ve been banned. Coincidentally, YouTube deleted a Reason TV video from its YouTube channel. I have contacted one of its publishers with whom I have corresponded over the years. He asked me to forward the YouTube email to one of his lawyers, which I did. Apparently, YouTube would not tell his attorney why I was banned. After having my video channel for over a decade without any strikes or even any warnings, it was amazing to delete my video channel.
It turned out to be a first birthday gift from YouTube. My videos get more views on YouTube than on YouTube Surprisingly, I posted the same video on Facebook and Twitter without being banned.
But the main point of this email is about the two bills that were filed last month, before the deadline for filing bills in the California Legislature.
The first is “AB-2239 Firearms: The Forbidden Man “was a former RINO from San Diego to the Democrat Assemblyman, Brian Mainshein.
The bill would bar people convicted of concealing offenses, carrying loaded firearms, or carrying unloaded handguns in public for ten years.
I say “yes” because those misdemeanors were dropped at the first hearing before the Assembly Public Safety Committee on Thursday.
I don’t know why they were excluded from the bill. I tried to find a video of the hearing but it seems the hearings are no longer recorded and made available to the public. If I’m wrong and you have a link, please forward it to me.
Of course, the bill could be amended in the future, we just have to wait and see.
The second bill is “SB-1386 Firearms: Secret License “by State Senator Melissa Melendez.
His bill is the latest “shawl-issue” CCW bill, which has been filed for many years. He, like everyone who comes before him, ignores the fact that his shell-issue bill does not prohibit the sheriff or police chief from having strict time and space restrictions on licensing.
Nor does Senator Melendez realize that this is proof of the license that the county sheriff or police chief provides to the licensee, and that he cannot provide it unless the attorney general approves it first. There is nothing in his bill that requires AG to approve the license. Nothing in his bill prohibits a sheriff or a police chief from limiting the validity of a license inside his home every other leap year. Nothing in his bill prevents the sheriff or police chief from revoking his license for any reason or unnecessarily.
His current bill simply strikes the word “mei” and replaces it with “shawl”.
I am reminded that former Assemblyman Tim Donnelly once submitted a secret carry bill sponsored by CalGuns.nuts. Existing legislation provides for the licensing of openly loaded firearms in counties with a population of less than 200,000. Those open-carry licenses were statewide valid, but in September 2009, the California Legislature passed AB-1363, restricting the issuance of licenses to counties and residents of those counties, despite having a 90-day license for a significant number of employers in that county.
Tim Donnelly’s bill eliminates subsections of PC 26150 and PC 26155 that provide for the issuance of handgun load open carry licenses. If his bill had been passed, no open carrying, loading or unloading would have taken place.
Before he filed his bill, I asked Tim Donnelly why he did not file a lawsuit challenging the California Loaded Open Carry ban. He told me that it was illegal for him to do so. It was a lie, but nonetheless, I asked him to cite the law which made it a crime for him to file a lawsuit challenging the Open Carry ban. I never heard back from him.
But there is still plenty of time to amend Senator Melendez’s bill to ban the open carry license issue. I have asked him several times where his bill to repeal the California Open Carry ban is. He did not respond.
And to show that the gods still have a wicked sense of humor, I recently received an email from California State Senator Brian Jones asking me to donate to his campaign for the newly drawn 40th District and to be a volunteer in his campaign.
During Assembly floor 144, during the floor debate on the ban on unloaded handguns open carry, Assemblyman Brian Jones told Portantino (author of the bill) that he would vote for his bill to ban open carry if he amended it to carry concealed-problem.
The California Legislative Information website contains every bill introduced in the 1999 California Legislature. It would have gone further back but if you were searching for bills like mine ten years ago (going back to the late 1980s) you would have discovered it. What was true then is true today, no member of the California Legislature has ever introduced a bill to repeal the California Open Carry Prohibition, Load or Unload, since 1989 and no doubt before that it was a 1980 legislature (including Republicans). Which has enacted a bill that raises the limit on carrying firearms, ranging from the reasonable fear of serious bodily injury to “serious, immediate danger.”