Gloria Stands Tall Against NRA, Successfully Passes Bill to Regulate Concealed Carry in California
Gloria Bill to Enact Common Sense Gun Reform, Tougher CCW Requirements in California, Clears Legislature and Heads to Governor
SACRAMENTO, CA – Landmark gun legislation authored by California State Assemblymember Todd Gloria (D-San Diego) to regulate concealed carry weapons in California officially passed the State Legislature today and is now on the way to Governor Jerry Brown. AB 2103, sponsored by Moms Demand Action and Everytown for Gun Safety, was approved by the California Senate last week and received its final, bipartisan approval by the Assembly today – marking a significant victory against the National Rifle Association who has strongly opposed the bill since its introduction.
“From day one, this bill has been about protecting the public. From day one, this bill embodied an important yet straightforward message: enough is enough,” said Assemblymember Todd Gloria. “With the continued prevalence of gun violence in this nation, we can no longer be idle or claim ignorance. We must act. It is time for California to be smart on guns and that’s exactly what AB 2103 is – common sense gun reform that will keep neighborhoods safe. I am grateful for the tremendous support behind this bill and it is my hope Governor Brown will stand with us and sign AB 2103 into law.”
AB 2103 mandates applicants for concealed carry weapons permits receive a minimum of eight hours of training on firearm safety, handling, and technique. In addition, applicants would need to perform live-fire shooting exercises on a firing range to demonstrate proficiency in safely handling the weapon. Current state law does not prescribe any minimum training standard – meaning, an individual could receive a CCW with little-to-no training or without ever firing a gun.
“This legislation will solidify California’s status as a leader in gun safety. This bill can prevent tragedy before it strikes by ensuring concealed weapons holders demonstrate that they can operate a firearm safely,” said Wendy Wheatcroft, chapter leader with the California chapter of Moms Demand Action. “I am grateful to Assemblymember Todd Gloria for his continued support and commitment to gun safety, and I urge Governor Brown to swiftly sign this common-sense bill into law.”
AB 2103 is principally co-authored by Assemblymember Jesse Gabriel (D-San Fernando Valley) and co-authored by Assemblymembers Catherine Baker (R-San Ramon), Marc Berman (D-Palo Alto), Wendy Carrillo (D-Los Angeles), Ed Chau (D-Monterey Park), David Chiu (D-San Francisco), Laura Friedman (D-Glendale), Lorena Gonzalez-Fletcher (D-San Diego), Timothy Grayson (D-Concord), Marc Levine (D-Marin County), Kevin McCarty (D-Sacramento), Al Muratsuchi (D-Torrance), Sharon Quirk-Silva (D-Orange County), and Blanca Rubio (D-Baldwin Park) as well as state Senators Bill Dodd (D-Napa) and Anthony Portantino (D-La Cañada).
AB 2103 is supported by the California State Sheriffs Association, the California Police Chiefs Association, Equality California, the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, the Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence, the County of Los Angeles, and the California Federation of Teachers.
The Governor has until September 30, 2018 to sign or veto all bills.