SACRAMENTO, CA – Legislation authored by California State Assemblymember Todd Gloria (D-San Diego) to bolster California’s gun regulations for concealed carry applicants received its first major approval today by the Assembly’s Public Safety Committee. AB 2103, which finally establishes a minimum safety training standard as well as a demonstrated live-fire proficiency requirement for concealed carry applicants, was passed by the Committee with a vote of 6-1.
“Since I introduced AB 2103, it’s regretful that we have seen a greater need for bills like this to become law. Our nation is falling victim to gun violence with regularity, and a significant part of this problem is that guns are consistently ending up in the wrong hands. This is what my bill seeks to prevent,” said Assemblymember Todd Gloria. “Today is a step in the right direction. I look forward to advancing this bill further through the legislative process so that those who do have legal access to carry concealed weapons in public are properly trained.”
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 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 own live-fire standards including a minimum number of rounds to be fired.
The bill now heads to the Assembly Appropriations Committee for consideration.