"You are disarming our citizens" while doing little to disarm criminals, said Assemblyman Jim Nielsen, R-Gerber.
"It is not just the right to keep, it is the right to bear arms," said Assemblyman Tim Donnelly, R-Twin Peaks.
California Democrats had seized upon the shooting of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords in the bill's introduction. Unable to pass a bill last year that accomplished the same goal, they brought a similar measure to the Assembly days after the Giffords tragedy in Arizona.
The second blow came (where else?) in a U.S. district coutroom, where a judge claimed that "there is no constitutional right to carry a handgun in public" - something that came as a surprise to Second Amendment lawyer Alan Gura, who litigated the case on the side of gun rights advocates.