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          Date of Hearing:  May 4, 2016


                        ASSEMBLY COMMITTEE ON APPROPRIATIONS


                               Lorena Gonzalez, Chair


          AB  
          2510 (Linder) - As Introduced February 19, 2016


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          Urgency:  No  State Mandated Local Program:  NoReimbursable:  No


          SUMMARY:


          This bill requires the Attorney General (AG) to develop a  
          license to carry a concealed firearm (CCW), with uniform  
          information and criteria that may be used as indicia of proof of  
          licensure throughout the state.  Specifically, this bill:  


          1)Requires the AG to develop a uniform CCW license that may be  
            used as indicia of proof of licensure throughout the state. 


          2)Requires the AG to approve the use of licenses issued by local  
            agencies if they contain specified information and a recent  








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            photograph of the applicant. 


          3)Requires the AG to retain exemplars of approved licenses and  
            maintain a list of agencies issuing local licenses.


          FISCAL EFFECT:


          Minor absorbable cost to DOJ.


          COMMENTS:


          1)Background/Purpose.  Current law authorizes a county sheriff  
            or municipal police chief to issue a license to carry a  
            firearm capable of being concealed upon the person, if  
            specified conditions are met and specific applicant personal  
            information is provided.  


            According to the author, "as a practical matter, the current  
            CCW license is not produced in a format that is easy to carry  
            on one's person.  In response, some sheriff offices currently  
            provide a county identification card, which provides  
            additional security features, and often includes a photograph  
            of the licensee.  This county-issued card cannot take the  
            place of the standard DOJ CCW license, however, and licensees  
            end up carrying both documents.


            "It makes sense to carry one's CCW license on his or her  
            person when armed.  It also stands to reason that issuers of  
            CCW licenses should be able to provide these documents in a  
            more convenient way that improves public safety by allowing  
            better identification of CCW holders.  This bill simply  
            authorizes county-issued CCW identifications to be carried in  








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            lieu of the standard DOJ form, as long as it contains all of  
            the information currently required by law, as well as a  
            photograph of the licensee."





          2)Support:  According to the California State Sheriffs'  
            Association, "This bill simply authorizes county-issued CCW  
            identification to be carried in lieu of the standard DOJ form,  
            as long as it contains all of the information currently  
            required by law, as well as a photograph of the licensee.   
            Nothing in AB 2510 requires a permitting agency to do anything  
            different than what they currently do - the bill merely  
            provides an alternative avenue to ensure proper licensure and  
            identification."  


          3)Argument in Opposition:  According to the Firearms Policy  
            Coalition , ""We feel that the solution is simple; if the  
            state wishes to update and modernize the licenses (photo,  
            security features, size, material, color, etc...) then it  
            should construct a uniform, statewide policy and not force DOJ  
            to just ratify whatever the local issuing authority prints or  
            produces."


          








          Analysis Prepared by:Pedro Reyes / APPR. / (916)  
          319-2081








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