Open carry advocates and gun violence prevention groups will face off Thursday night in Old Pasadena as an out-of-town firearms group brings its protest of Assemblyman Anthony Portantino’s bill to ban open carry to the lawmaker’s home turf.
 
South Bay Open Carry is calling on its pistol-packing members to descend on ix Tapa Cantina at 7 p.m. to demonstrate against Assembly Bill 144, which would close a loophole in state law that allows unloaded firearms to be openly carried in most public places. The group’s Western-themed “wanted” poster promoting the event bears a picture of Portantino and a call for supporters to “support your Second Amendment rights: together we can make it happen.”
 
Members of the Brady Campaign to End Gun Violence and other groups are organizing a counter protest.
AB 144 cleared the Assembly Public Safety Committee on a 5-2 party-line vote last