Gloria Bill to Strengthen California’s Concealed Carry Requirements Passes Assembly, Heads to Senate

Monday, April 30, 2018

Legislation to Bolster California Gun Laws, Mandate Minimum Training Standards for Concealed Carry Weapons Permits Successful in Assembly

SACRAMENTO, CA – Legislation authored by California State Assemblymember Todd Gloria (D-San Diego) that would bolster California’s gun regulations for concealed carry weapons permits by establishing minimum training standards statewide passed the Assembly today with a bipartisan vote of 57-19. The bill, AB 2103, now heads to the California State Senate. 

Since I introduced AB 2103, we have seen a persistent amount of gun violence in our nation and it’s become extremely difficult to ignore the link between gun violence and the number of guns in our communities,” said Assemblymember Todd Gloria. “With this bill, we set a stronger standard across California for any person who wishes to legally carry a loaded firearm in public. We cannot allow these deadly weapons to end up in wrong or unsafe hands. I’m grateful for the support of my Assembly colleagues and I look forward to advancing this bill in the Senate.

AB 2103, co-sponsored by Everytown for Gun Safety and Moms Demand Action, mandates applicants for a concealed carry weapons permit 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 to demonstrate proficiency. Each local jurisdiction would need to establish and make available to the public its live-fire standards including the minimum number of rounds to be fired.

This isn’t complicated. If you’re going to walk around in public carrying a loaded gun, you should know how to handle it,” said Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher, a co-author of the bill. “Requiring some basic firearms training will reduce the odds of someone getting hurt or killed by accident, whether it’s the gun owner or someone who happens to be nearby. We require people to have training before they can drive a car. We should do the same for people who want to carry a lethal weapon in public.”

AB 2103 is co-authored by Assemblymembers Catherine Baker (R-San Ramon), Wendy Carrillo (D-Los Angeles), David Chiu (D-San Francisco), Laura Friedman (D-Glendale), Lorena Gonzalez-Fletcher (D-San Diego), Timothy Grayson (D-Concord), Sharon Quirk-Silva (D-Orange County), and Blanca Rubio (D-Baldwin Park) as well as state Senator Anthony Portantino (D-La Cañada). AB 2103 is supported by the California State Sheriffs Association, Equality California, and the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence.