While many politicians shy away from tough issues, Anthony was a leader for sensible gun control. He was asked by law enforcement to author California’s landmark “open carry” legislation to end the dangerous practice on Main Street California. Working with the California Police Chiefs Association, the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence and the Peace Officers Research Association of California (PORAC), California’s largest association of rank and file police officers, Anthony authored AB 144. And AB 57.
Both Bills were signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown. Although they were fiercely opposed by the gun lobby and even some Democrats, these two Bills ban the open carry of unloaded handguns and long guns on Main Street California. They set the standard for the entire country to follow and put Anthony at the forefront of sensible gun legislation.