Portantino, Anthony


Assemblymember Anthony Portantino was elected to serve the 44th Assembly District in November, 2006. Anthony currently serves as the Chair of the Assembly’s Committee on Higher Education and is a member of the Transportation, Government Organization and Public Safety Standing Committees. He is also a member of the Assembly Select Committees on the Preservation of the California’s Entertainment Industry, Foster Care, and Community Colleges.

Open Carry Ban Heads to Governor

By Assemblymember Anthony Portantino

Finally, the ban on the open carrying of unloaded handguns is on the Governor’s desk. This bill is both necessary and urgently needed. Imagine walking into your local coffee shop and running into a man or woman carrying a semi-automatic pistol. Or, imagine getting out of your car, family in tow, and three armed men are walking through the parking lot.  Would you call the police or would you get back in your car and go home?

If you called the police, you’d be like many other Californians who beckon law enforcement and report the proliferation of gun-toters on Main Street, California. When the police officers arrive, they have to approach every public display of weapons as if those guns were loaded. In fact, most gun owners themselves are taught to treat every weapon as if it were loaded as a pure safety precaution.  Certainly, the police officer on the street is trained no differently.

Banning the "Open Carry" of Hand Guns in California

By Assemblymember Anthony Portantino

Imagine walking into your local coffee shop and running into a man or woman carrying a semi-automatic pistol. Or, imagine walking up to an ATM machine and seeing three armed people standing on the sidewalk. Would you call the police or do you run the other way and hope the guns aren’t loaded? If you called the police on your cell phone, you’d be like many other Californians who call local law enforcement and report the gun toters. Like you, the police show up not knowing whether those wearing the guns are good guys or bad guys.

Believe it or not, this scenario has been playing out all too frequently in our neighborhoods, parks and restaurants across California. According to the California Police Chiefs Association and rank and file law enforcement, these situations sometimes get tense.