The protest was relatively small and uneventful compared to last week's melee at a neo-Nazi rally. On Saturday, about 50 or 60 gathered at 10th and J streets at Cesar Chavez Plaza, holding a banner that read, "“WE WILL NOT COMPLY.” They were protesting Brown's signing of six measures that expand the state's existing assault weapons ban.
One of the new laws bans "bullet-button" rifles which allow a shooter to quickly dislodge a magazine by pushing a button, and another that bars people from owning magazines that hold more than 10 rounds. The bills will also require background checks for people buying ammunition.
“He passed them yesterday before we could get out here, which sort of threw a wrench in the plans,”Cory Gwathney, an organizer from Chico told the Bee. “Now we’re just trying to send the message that we’re probably not going to comply. They’re infringing on our rights, and we’re not going to stand for that.”
He added that people would refuse to register the required weapons in accordance with the law.
Brown signed the legislation on the heels of the mass shooting in Orlando, Florida, in which 49 people were killed and 53 wounded at Pulse, a gay nightclub. In December, 14 people were killed in San Bernardino, California, at a holiday party by Syed Rizwan Farook and his wife, Tashfeen Malik.
Another protester complained the new laws would turn them into criminals.
“I went over to the officers and asked them, ‘Do we look like criminals to you?’ And they all said that no, we didn’t,” protester Steve Sarvarsaid told the Bee. “But then I told them that this legislation that’s just been signed into law is going to turn ordinary people into criminals.”
Sarvarsaid, who came from San Jose, is part of the militia group American Patriots III% California.
Watch video of the protest, as posted by the Sacramento Bee, here: