Do gun-toters pose a danger when they carry their weapons in public, even if they're unloaded? ...So the purpose of her proposed law is to censor that public statement?
"What I'm concerned about is people who have no training can carry a gun for no other purpose than to make a public statement," said the bill's author Democratic Assemblywoman Lori Saldana of San Diego.
The US supreme court says that we have a constitutional right to burn an American flag because flag-burners are making a public statement and because the laws against flag-burning were motivated by suppressing that statement. The same reasoning implies that people should be able to carry an unloaded gun as a public statement.
As the article explains, 32 other states allow people to openly carry loaded guns without any license or permit.