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Legislation

California AB 1096 - Concealed Carry

California AB 1096

Firearms: concealed carry licenses

by Melissa Melendez (R)

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LEAP Forward Position:  Oppose

LEAP Forward Position: Oppose

Bill Summary

This bill would require the sheriff of a county, or the chief or other head of a municipal police department, to issue a license to carry a concealed handgun or to carry a loaded and exposed handgun, as specified, if good cause exists for the issuance and the applicant is of good moral character and satisfies certain other criteria.This bill would define “good cause” for these purposes to include self-defense, defending the life of another, or preventing crime in which human life is threatened, and would provide procedural guidelines to the issuing authority on determining the presence or absence of “good cause.”This bill would authorize a resident of another state to apply for a license to carry a handgun, as specified, from any sheriff in the state using the same procedure and would authorize that sheriff to issue a license.


(b) (1) Good cause for the issuance of a license to carry a loaded and concealed handgun includes, but is not limited to, self-defense, defending the life of another, or preventing crime in which human life is threatened.(2) If an applicant’s stated cause is self-defense, defending the life of another, or preventing crime in which human life is threatened, the applicant shall not be required to prove the existence of specific circumstances regarding their stated good cause.(3) If an applicant’s stated cause is not self-defense, defending the life of another, or preventing crime in which human life is threatened, the sheriff or chief or other head of a municipal police department of a city or city and county may, by considering the following, determine whether the applicant has stated good cause:(A) Section 1 of Article I of the California Constitution, including the declaration of rights providing that all people are by nature free and independent and have inalienable rights, and that among these are enjoying and defending life and liberty, acquiring, possessing, and protecting property, and pursuing and obtaining safety, happiness, and privacy.(B) The value of loaded and concealed handguns in deterring violent crime.