Gloria Bill to Strengthen California’s Concealed Carry Requirements Clears Final Assembly Committee

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Bill to Bolster California Gun Laws, Mandate Minimum Training Standards for Concealed Carry, Passes Assembly Appropriations Committee

SACRAMENTO, CA – Legislation authored by California State Assemblymember Todd Gloria (D-San Diego) to bolster California’s gun regulations for concealed carry applicants received the approval of the Assembly Appropriations Committee today by a vote of 12-to-4, marking the final Assembly committee approval for the bill. AB 2103 will now head to the full Assembly for consideration.

With each passing week, it becomes more and more impossible to ignore the link between the prevalence of gun violence and the number of guns accessible in our communities. We continue to see examples of guns ending up in the wrong hands,” said Assemblymember Todd Gloria. “With AB 2103, we are seeking to prevent these guns from ending up in the wrong hands by ensuring those who wish to legally carry a firearm in public know the laws that govern them, can safely handle the firearm, and have received a necessary amount of training.”  

AB 2103, co-authored by Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez-Fletcher (D-San Diego) and co-sponsored by Everytown for Gun Safety and Moms Demand Action, specifically mandates that applicants for concealed carry weapons permits would need to receive a minimum of eight hours of training on firearm safety, handling, and technique. Under current law, no minimum training time standard exists. In addition, applicants would need to perform live-fire shooting exercises on a firing range with each local jurisdiction establishing and making available to the public its live-fire standards including a minimum number of rounds to be fired.

AB 2103 is supported by the California State Sheriffs Association, Equality California, and the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. The bill will now be sent to the Assembly Floor for consideration by the full State Assembly.

On Monday at 10:00 AM, Assemblymember Gloria will join representatives from Everytown for Gun Safety and Moms Demand Action to rally support for AB 2103 and urge action by the federal government to meaningfully address gun safety.