Unloaded Open Carry
There is an exception for unloaded antique firearms, and several location-specific exceptions (principally, those places where it it legal to carry loaded also permit carry unloaded).
After that date, the remainder of this article is retained for historical purposes.
Open Carry Unloaded
There is an encouraging trend: California Law Enforcement agencies are beginning to retrain their officers to recognize Open Carry as legal.
San Diego Police Department TRAINING BULLETIN A PUBLICATION OF THE SAN DIEGO POLICE DEPARTMENT WILLIAM M. LANSDOWNE CHIEF OF POLICE 08-05 December 18, 2008 CALIFORNIA OPEN CARRY
Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department NEWSLETTER Field Operations Support Services VOLUME 09 NUMBER 01 DATE: January 5, 2009
- US Park Police and the Golden Gate National Recreation Area (January 26, 2010):
... California law is very clear when addressing the specific instances for which a citizen may lawfully carry an unloaded gun and in plain view in public. This is a constitutional right and we we must adjust our responses accordingly ...