That is what the US Supreme Court said the 2nd Amendment means in the 2008 Heller decision and said again last June 28 when they said the Heller decision applies to every single state, county, city and village throughout the Nation (McDonald decision).
Every single American citizen has the right to openly carry a loaded handgun in public for the purpose of self defense.
In case you are interested, that is what it says on page 19 of the Heller decision by the United States Supreme Court, in the very first paragraph.
c. Meaning of the Operative Clause. Putting all of these textual elements together, we find that they guarantee the individual right to possess and carry weapons in case of confrontation. – Justice Scalia writing for the majority of the court in DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA ET AL. v. HELLER.
Chuck DeVore, Republicans kill Open Carry ban in California
Assemblyman Chuck Devore led the parliamentary assault on the Democrat gun bill AB1934 which would have made it a criminal offense to openly carry a handgun in the state of California. This would have been the first ban on openly carrying a handgun in the history of the state of California.
Steve Knight (R-36) followed a magnificent speech by Assemblyman Chuck Devore who recounted to the Assembly how this bill came into being. Using the author of the gun ban’s very own words against her, DeVore pointed out that this bill was unconstitutional on both 1st and 2nd Amendment grounds. Following Assemblymen DeVore and Knight was an almost tearful speech by Assemblyman Tom Berryhill (R-25).
Assemblyman Kevin Jeffries (R-66) cleverly “discoursed” regarding an unreleated bill, eating up five of the remaining minutes. As of midnight August 31st, all non-urgency, non-budget bills which were not passed by both houses died.
The bill went to the Assembly and was expected to pass overwhelmingly. The first indication that it would not pass was 45 minutes before the midnight hour, Saldana made a motion (bungled is a better word for it) and she was defeated 47-8. The Democrat majority still did its best to get the bill passed, cutting off debate on a slew of bills, but in the end the clock ran out.
This victory would not have been possible without the tireless efforts of members of the Open Carry Movement led by the Responsible Citizens of California, The Gun Owners of California and the South Bay Open Carry Movement. Over four thousand people have signed petitions, sent faxes, letters and made phone calls; often daily, sometimes continuously to every Democrat in both houses of the legislature to defeat this bill as well as its two companion bills AB1810 and AB2358 – The Canadian style long gun registration bill and the ammunition bill.
All three Democrat sponsored anti gun rights bills are dead. Not a single Republican in either the Assembly or Senate supported the bills. (from Examiner.com Los Angeles #mce_temp_url# )
We might also want to ask ourselves why the California Police Chiefs Association would be opposed to our 2nd Amendment Rights… #mce_temp_url#
h/t P. Smith at Constitutional Californians