Smoking in the park? Perish the thought. A smoking gun in the park? Well … that all depends on the park.
Yesterday, the state Assembly passed a bill enacting a broad smoking ban in the state's parks and along California's beaches. This was promoted as a move against litter, fires, and second-hand smoke (fair enough — but the notion of being menaced by second-hand smoke while surrounded by thousands of miles of the great outdoors is a tad odd). California's cigar-smoking governor, meanwhile, is no dead cert to sign the bill.
Yet the state is setting up an odd situation in which a gun lighter could get you in more trouble at a State Park than a gun at a national one.