The Contra Costa chapter of a group that advocates the right to openly carry unloaded guns will meet protesters when it holds a meeting and toy drive at Nation’s Giant Hamburgers in Pleasant Hill Friday.
News reports say that Contra Costa Open Carry, a chapter of the group Responsible Citizens of California, will hold a meeting at the hamburger restaurant Friday afternoon.
This locally organized Bay Area group advocates the open display of firearms, as allowed by state law, and regularly holds meetings at restaurants around the Bay Area. Back in February, Open Carry members held their biggest gathering to date at the Buckhorn Grill in Walnut Creek.
“It’s time for citizen to arm up,” Gus Konstantares of Antioch said at the Buckhorn Grill. He’s a former military police officer and member of the Pittsburg police department. “It’s a right. If you don’t exercise it, you will lose it.”
The law actually says gun owners can openly carry guns as long as they’re unloaded, holstered, and are not carried near schools or government buildings.
While Friday’s meeting was meant to be low-key, members of the Contra Costa County chapter of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence got word of it. Members of this group, which advocates strengthening gun laws, have decided to organize people to picket it.
The Open Carry organizers expect about 40 members to be at their event, which is scheduled from 2 to 4 p.m. Friday at the Nation’s restaurant located at 1900 Contra Costa Blvd. in Pleasant Hill.