(SACRAMENTO, Calif.) -- California Gov. Jerry Brown further brandished his credentials as an enemy of conservatives by signing a law Monday that bans the carrying of unloaded handguns in public.
The new legislation makes the practice a misdemeanor offense while also likely to rile the National Rifle Association and gun rights advocates.
Opponents of the open-carry of handguns, which include many California law enforcement officials, have argued that displaying unloaded firearms in public puts others at risk.
Those exempt from the new prohibition include cops, people licensed to carry loaded guns and dealers selling unloaded firearms at gun shows.
Brown, a left-of-center Democrat, has shown his liberal stripes lately by also signing the California Dream Act, which makes undocumented aliens eligible for in-state tuition at colleges. Those against the Dream Act say it sanctions illegal immigration and have vowed to put the matter on the ballot to get voters to overturn it.
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