California Committees Block Two Bad Gun Bills, Advance a Good One

We have the first votes on three pieces of graded legislation from the state of California today, and we're very happy with the result of all three.

First, the Public Safety Committee in the California Assembly blocked AB 1394, which would have struck the state's "good cause" provision as applies to concealed carry in the state. Under current California law, section 26105(a) of the penal code states:

When a person applies for a license to carry a pistol, revolver, or other firearm capable of being concealed upon the person, the sheriff of a county may issue a license to that person upon proof of the following:
(1) the applicant is of good moral character
(2) Good cause exists for issuance of the license...

This bill would have struck section (2) from the law and (in a sneaky bit of business) change the "may issue" into "shall issue." Thanks to committee members Wendy Carillo, Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher, Reginald Jones-Sawyer, Bill Quirk, and Miguel Santiago (all Democrats), the bill will not advance to the full Assembly.

The committee's Senate counterpart took two votes on firearm-related legislation, passing SB 459 (a bill by Democratic Sen. Anthony Portantino, which will require the state DOJ to inspect federally licensed firearms dealers every two years) and rejected SB 710 (allowing the use of silencers while hunting.)

California's legislature had a stellar overall record on gun regulation during their 2017 session, and are off to a good start this year. We will add these actions to our legislative scorecard, and continue to track SB 459 as it works its way through the legislative process.