Man with concealed handgun
A handgun in a holster that can be concealed by clothing. Photo via Wikimedia Commons

Legislation authored by two San Diego assemblymembers that would bolster California gun regulations covering concealed carry applicants received the approval of the Appropriations Committee Wednesday and now heads to the full Assembly for consideration.

AB 2103, co-authored by Assemblymembers Todd Gloria and Lorena Gonzalez-Fletcher, mandates that applicants for concealed carry weapons permits receive a minimum of eight hours of training on firearm safety, handling, and technique.

Under current law, there is no minimum training time requirement.

The bill also requires applicants to perform live-fire shooting exercises on a firing range with each local jurisdiction establishing and making available to the public its live-fire standards, including a minimum number of rounds to be fired.

“With each passing week, it becomes more and more impossible to ignore the link between the prevalence of gun violence and the number of guns accessible in our communities. We continue to see examples of guns ending up in the wrong hands,” said Gloria.

“With AB 2103, we are seeking to prevent these guns from ending up in the wrong hands by ensuring those who wish to legally carry a firearm in public know the laws that govern them, can safely handle the firearm, and have received a necessary amount of training,” he added.

AB 2103 is supported by the California State Sheriffs Association, Equality California, and the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence.

Chris Jennewein

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.