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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown has signed a bill that bans the public display of rifles and shotguns in most California cities and towns. 

The Democratic governor announced Friday that he had signed AB 1527, which makes it a misdemeanor to display an unloaded firearm outside of a vehicle. It includes exemptions for hunters and rural Californians. 

Democratic Assemblyman Anthony Portantino of La Canada-Flintridge said he wrote the bill after gun rights advocates began carrying unloaded long guns to protest previous legislation that prohibited the display of handguns. 

The rifle and shotgun ban sparked lengthy debates in both houses of the Legislature, with Republicans calling it an attempt to infringe on Second Amendment rights. 

Supporters said the public display of any gun causes alarm because only the owner knows whether it is loaded.

The Associated Press

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