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SACRAMENTO, CA (AP) -- Second Amendment activists converged outside California's Capitol with guns in holsters and rifles in hand to demonstrate their right to bear arms.
Most of the 50 protesters who gathered Monday brought guns and rifles, although they said their weapons were not loaded to comply with the state's open-carry law.
Organizer Kent Sandhagen of Los Banos said he and other gun owners organized the gathering to coincide with a similar rally in the nation's capital.
They also were protesting a bill pending in the California Legislature that would ban gun owners from openly carrying unloaded guns in public.
Assembly Bill 1934, by Assem. Lori Saldana, D-San Diego, was scheduled for a committee hearing Tuesday. She has described the proposed ban as a public safety issue.
The Associated Press