Gloria Introduces Bill to Strengthen California’s Gun Laws & Bolster Concealed Carry Requirements

Friday, February 9, 2018

Gloria Proposes Common Sense Regulations for Concealed Carry Applicants including Minimum Training Standards & Live-Fire Proficiency

SAN DIEGO, CA – In an effort to strengthen California’s gun safety regulations, California State Assemblymember Todd Gloria (D-San Diego) announced today the introduction of AB 2103 -- statewide legislation co-authored by Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez-Fletcher (D-San Diego) that would bolster requirements for the issuance of concealed carry weapons (CCW) permits. AB 2103, co-sponsored by Everytown for Gun Safety and Moms Demand Action, would finally set a minimum training time standard in state law and require applicants to perform live-fire exercises on a firing range before a CCW permit can be issued by a local jurisdiction.

Under current law in California, a person who has never even fired a gun or received proper training on how to safely handle one can receive a permit and carry a loaded firearm in public. This jeopardizes public safety and has to be addressed,” said Assemblymember Todd Gloria. “My bill, AB 2103, ensures every person who receives a CCW permit has been through a necessary amount of training and can demonstrate proficiency in handling the weapon. Ultimately, this will help ensure these deadly weapons do not end up in the wrong hands.”

AB 2103 specifically mandates applicants for CCW permits receive a minimum of eight hours of training on firearm safety, handling, and technique. Under current law, no minimum time standard exists. In addition, applicants for CCW permits would be mandated to perform live-fire shooting exercises on a firing range in which the applicant must demonstrate how to safely handle and shoot the firearm. Both provisions would apply to every firearm an applicant is licensed to carry.

This isn’t complicated. If you’re going to walk around in public carrying a loaded gun, you should know how to handle it. 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,” said Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez-Fletcher. “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.”

Numerous Sheriff’s, including the San Diego County Sheriff, and other local police departments have already adopted the provisions articulated in AB 2103; however, with its passage, AB 2103 would enact these consistent, common-sense standards across California. Twenty-five other states have already enacted similar legislation.

"California is a leader in gun violence prevention and it's important that we continue to keep California's gun laws strong to protect public safety. AB 2103 will ensure that all concealed carry permit holders in California know how to use their firearm - a key step in avoiding unintentional shootings in our state,” said Wendy Wheatcroft with the California chapter of Moms Demand Action. “I applaud Assemblymembers Gloria and Gonzalez-Fletcher for introducing this commonsense legislation."

According to a recent study by the University of Washington, 40 percent of gun owners in the United States had no received formal training on firearms.

The full text of AB 2103 can be accessed here.