SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The California chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, part of Everytown for Gun Safety, today applauded the Senate Committee on Public Safety for passing legislation that would require applicants for concealed weapons permits to demonstrate safe handling and firing of handguns. This legislation was passed by the California Assembly earlier this year.
Under current California state law, it is legal for a person who has never fired a gun to carry a concealed, loaded handgun in public – despite evidence that shows that comprehensive gun safety training can meaningfully impact public safety. In California, before a person can carry a concealed handgun in public, they must obtain a license to carry a concealed weapon, and all applicants must show proof that they have completed a course in firearm safety training that includes instruction on firearm safety and current gun laws. However, state law does not require applicants to demonstrate an ability to safely handle and fire a gun.
Many localities in the state have addressed this gap in the law by requiring that applicants for concealed weapons permits receive live fire training. This bill would preserve this local policy and its passage would make California the twenty-sixth state to require that a person undergo live fire training before obtaining a permit to carry a concealed handgun in public.
STATEMENT FROM JOAN KAZEROUNIAN, VOLUNTEER CHAPTER LEADER WITH THE CALIFORNIA CHAPTER OF MOMS DEMAND ACTION FOR GUN SENSE IN AMERICA:
“I’m encouraged to see the Committee on Public Safety advance this important piece of legislation. This bill will prevent tragedy before it strikes by ensuring concealed weapons holders demonstrate that they can operate a firearm safely. I am proud that my state has been a leader on gun safety laws, and this legislation will solidify California’s status as a leader in gun safety. I urge the full California Senate to swiftly pass this common-sense legislation.”