The bill reads, "The mere carrying or possession of a holstered or encased firearm, whether visible or concealed, without additional behavior or circumstances that would cause a reasonable person to believe" the weapons was carried unlawfully or with criminal intent "does not constitute a violation."
Oda said if a police officer saw "any threatening behavior or comments ... he can take immediate action" and arrest the man. Otherwise, he said officers would need to "engage in friendly conversation to see if everything's OK, and do an attitude check" and keep watch on that person.
Rep. V. Lowry Snow, R-Santa Clara, said that as a former prosecutor, he believes the bill could allow almost anyone to argue they were wrongfully charged because their actions were misunderstood, and opposed the bill.
Rep. Earl Tanner, R-West Jordan, said people who carry weapons openly in places such as shopping malls without thinking that it causes others to "have concern for their safety … seems to be ignoring reality."
But House Republican Whip Greg Hughes, R-Draper, said the bill simply allows people to act as permitted currently by state law without being arrested for disorderly conduct.