California Attempts to Illegally Restrict Concealed Weapons Permits

Despite being rebuked by the land’s highest court over gun control attempts last year, California Democrats continue to tell people through shady legislation that they can’t defend themselves with a firearm. .or at least they will limit who can take it and where. you can take

The US Supreme Court June 2022 issued a critical decision in New York Rifle and Pistol Association v. bruen strike down a New York gun law that placed unconstitutional restrictions on concealed carry of a gun in public. And because this is the law of the land, California, with its extremely restrictive gun laws, was notified.

Last year, Senator Anthony J. Portantino’s (D–Burbank) annual gun control legislation that restricted CCW permit holders, Senate Bill 918, appeared to be dead as it was placed on the file of adjourned in the Assembly Appropriations Committee, until moved with 32 pages of 185 new amendments. However, SB 918 died in the Assembly.

“We face the continuing threat of mass shootings and an epidemic of gun violence,” Portantino says.

Portantino returned in 2023 with Senate Bill 2, also sponsored by Governor Gavin Newsom and Attorney General Rob Bonta, which just passed the Senate on Thursday. SB 2 will again illegally place restrictions on those seeking a California CCW permit.

In particular, Newsom, Bonta and Portantino know they are placing restrictions on CCW applicants, when CCW holders are virtually crime-free, who are required by county sheriffs to pass background checks.

A gun expert told the Globe: “CCW permit holders don’t commit mass shootings, they arrest them.”

It is also worth noting that there is no data behind this bill: crime statistics do not support Portantino’s claim.

In an interview with former sheriff Scott Jones on KFBK radio Friday morning, Jones said that during his tenure as sheriff, he authorized the issuance of 13,000 CCWs in Sacramento County and never revoked one for CCW-related conduct. He said allowing counties and agencies to operate is the way to go, rather than imposing a state mandate.

Senator Portantino offers this word salad about his bill: “It would make significant improvements to California’s existing conceal and carry (CCW) laws. The Attorney General, Governor and Senator partnered to create California’s response to the recent Supreme Court ruling that made it easier for citizens to acquire these permits.”

Gun Owners of California has a very important position, and much more realistic than Portantino’s: “It is completely useless to mention gun deaths without acknowledging the skyrocketing crime rate in much of the state. It is also futile to focus on why we should further restrict gun ownership while discounting what happened after felony early releases, subsequent recidivism (43% are condemned within 3 years of launch), not to mention the overwhelming repercussions of the COVID lockdowns. These are all factors that must be considered together, each of which has occurred under Newsom’s watch.”

“With bold leadership on gun safety and reform, we can save lives,” said Senator Portantino. “We need action, words are not enough. I am proud to be working with Governor Newsom, Attorney General Bonta, and the activists on SB 2 to strengthen our existing concealed carry laws and ensure that all Californians are safe from gun violence.”

“California is precisely focused on doing everything in our power to protect our children and safeguard our communities against gun violence,” said Governor Gavin Newsom. “With a gun death rate 37% lower than the national average, we know our policies are working, but we can’t stop now. Passing Senate Bill 2 is essential to saving lives and making our neighborhoods safer.”

“Addressing gun violence is critical to protecting public safety,” said Attorney General Rob Bonta. “This week marks one year since the shooting at the Uvalde school; an anniversary that shouldn’t have to be acknowledged because it should never have happened in the first place. Thoughts and prayers in response to gun violence will never be enough – we need courageous action from our leaders, here in California and beyond. We owe our communities stronger protections. Senate Bill 2 will strengthen our concealed carry permit laws to help ensure that dangerous people cannot carry guns in public, especially in sensitive places where our children congregate, and prevent horrific tragedies we have seen all too often. . I thank the Senate for moving this bill forward and urge our state leaders to quickly adopt SB 2. We cannot afford to wait another minute.”

Senate Bill 2 would have had no impact on the Uvalde School shooting.

Senator Portantino affirms that “SB 2 strengthens state law” by:

  • Ensure that those who carry firearms in public are responsible, law-abiding citizens who do not pose a danger to themselves or others.
  • Protect children and young adults from gun violence by establishing a minimum age requirement of 21 years to obtain a CCW license
  • Improve safety through more stringent storage requirements and training on the proper handling, loading, unloading, and storage of firearms; limit all CCW license holders to carrying no more than two firearms at any given time in public
  • Protect the public by identifying certain sensitive public places where weapons may not be carried
  • Include due process protections to allow anyone denied a CCW license based on a finding that they are not qualified to carry firearms in public to appear for a hearing before a superior court judge.

Gun Owners of California also notes:

In fact, according to the California Public Policy Institute, “Compared to pre-2019 pandemic levels, homicides increased by 41.2% and aggravated assaults by 18.0%. Gun-related homicides and aggravated assaults increased by 52% and 64%.” This does not happen in a vacuum, and yet the pressure to place more restrictions on private firearms ownership continues to grow. Over and over again, we hear the nonsense about “weapons of war” and “high capacity chargers” from left-wing politicians and lazy media who have no interest in fact-checking their own content. It would be very good for your credibility if you both recognized the facts about what types of weapons are most commonly used in crimesas well as the proven ineffectiveness of the prohibitions of the so-called “assault weapons” and the limitations on magazine sizes. Magazines with a capacity of more than ten rounds are standard (not in California) with most semi-automatic rifles and pistols sold. Millions of these magazines are owned and used safely and responsibly by law-abiding Americans. And meanwhile, Governor Newsom is wringing hands with Congress and those of us on the other side for “I don’t give a fuck.”

California Moms Demand Action and Students Demand Action, are part of the grassroots network of Everytown for Gun Safety, founded by Michael Bloomberg, a noted gun control advocate, who backs SB 2. (According to “Bloomberg Launches New Advocacy Effort $50 million gun control.”). Washington Post)

They claim that SB 2 is “common sense gun safety legislation” and will “strengthen California’s gun safety laws” after they were “threatened” by the Supreme Court. bruen decision.

Gun Owners of California adds: “Targeting the good guys won’t stop the bad guys.”