Anthony Portantino, D-La Canada Flintridge, was honored this week in Sacramento by a police chiefs association on account of sponsoring legislation banning the open carry of unloaded guns in public.
Portantino was named "Legislator of the Year" in a ceremony held by the California Police Chiefs Association (CPCA), according to a press release sent by his office.
Last year, Portantino's legislation in public was passed by the California Legislature and signed in to law by Governor Jerry Brown. The legislation was backed by the CPCA and other law enforcement groups.
This year, Portantino sponsored new legislation that would ban the .
That bill, AB 1527, is also supported by the police chiefs association, and will be the subject of hearings during this year's legislative session.
Portantino represents Altadena, La Canada Flintridge, South Pasadena, San Marino, Monrovia, Glendora, Highland Park and other San Gabriel Valley cities.