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Open Carry Gun Debate Comes to The Commonwealth Club

The Commonwealth Club of California, the nation's oldest and largest public affaris forum, will be hosting two panels on the open carry controversy that is heating up in California.

The first one will be in San Francisco today, Wednesday, May 26 from 6PM to 7PM at The Club's headquarters at 595 Market Street. This panel includes Emeryville Police Chief Ken James, representing the California Police Chiefs Association in support of AB 1934, Sam Paredes, Executive Director of Gun Owners of California, Professor Franklin Zimring, William G. Simon Professor of Law and Wolfen Distinguished Scholar at UC Berkeley and John Diaz, Editorial Page Editor of the SF Chronicle as Moderator. This program will discuss the pros and cons of open carry and AB 1934 and how it relates to the federal and state constitutions. As per building management policy, there are no weapons allowed into the building.

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The second panel will be held in Lafayette, CA on Thursday, June 17th from 6:30PM to 7:30PM at the Lafayette Veterans Memorial Hall. This panel includes Lori Saldana, California State Assembly Member and Author of AB 1934, Karen Arntzen, California Chapter Services Coordinator for the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, Adnan Shahab,  Republican candidate for State Assembly and open carry advocate and Josh Richman, Politics and Legal Affairs Reporter for the Oakland Tribune and Bay Area News Group as Moderator. Additional panelists will be announced soon.

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