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

Gov. Jerry Brown has signed San Diego Assemblymember Todd Gloria‘s bill that strengthens the training requirements for carrying a concealed weapon in California.

Assembly Bill 2103 requires applicants for concealed carry weapons permits to complete at least eight hours of training plus a live-fire exercise before a county sheriff can issue the permit.

“We are setting consistent and sensible standards statewide for concealed carry permits to ensure weapons do not end up in untrained hands,” said Gloria after the bill was signed on Wednesday. “To put it simply, California is being smart on guns.”

Current state law does not prescribe a minimum training standard. Rather, current law sets only a maximum standard of 16 hours. In addition, there is no live-fire requirement.

The bill was supported by the California State Sheriffs Association, the California Police Chiefs Association, Equality California, the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence and the Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence. It was opposed by the National Rifle Association and other gun rights organizations.

Chris Jennewein

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