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          CONCURRENCE IN SENATE AMENDMENTS


          AB  
          2510 (Linder)


          As Amended  August 8, 2016


          Majority vote


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          Original Committee Reference:  PUB. S.


          SUMMARY:  Requires the Attorney General 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.


          The Senate amendments create a committee comprised of  
          representatives from the California State Sheriffs' Association,  
          California Police Chiefs Association, and the Department of  
          Justice to review and revise the uniform licenses.


          EXISTING LAW:  


          1)Provides a county sheriff or municipal police chief may issue  
            a license to carry a firearm capable of being concealed upon  
            the person upon proof that:








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             a)   The person applying is of good moral character;
             b)   Good cause exists for the issuance;


             c)   The person applying meets the appropriate residency  
               requirements; and,


             d)   The person has completed the appropriate training  
               course.


          2)Provides that the license may either:
             a)   Allow the person to carry a concealed firearm on his or  
               her person; or,
             b)   Allow the person to carry a loaded and exposed firearm  
               in a county whose population is less than 200,000 persons  
               according to the most recent federal decennial census.  


          3)Provides that a CCW license is valid for up to two years,  
            three years for judicial officers, or four years in the case  
            of a reserve or auxiliary peace officer.  
          4)Provides that a license may include any reasonable  
            restrictions or conditions that the issuing authority deems  
            warranted, which shall be listed on the license.  


          5)Provides that the fingerprints of each applicant are taken and  
            submitted to the Department of Justice (DOJ).  Provides  
            criminal penalties for knowingly filing a false application  
            for a concealed weapon license.  


          6)Provides that a person may lawfully possess a loaded firearm  
            in his or her place of business or residence.  


          7)Makes it generally unlawful to carry a concealed handgun or a  
            loaded firearm in public and in vehicles.  










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          8)Specifies that applications for CCW licenses, applications for  
            amendments to CCW licenses, amendments to CCW licenses, and  
            CCW licenses under this article shall be uniform throughout  
            the state, upon forms to be prescribed by the Attorney  
            General.  


          9)Provides that the Attorney General shall convene a committee  
            composed of one representative of the California State  
            Sheriffs' Association, one representative of the California  
            Police Chiefs Association, and one representative of the DOJ  
            to review, and as deemed appropriate, revise the standard  
            application form for CCW licenses.  The committee shall meet  
            for this purpose if two of the committee's members deem that  
            necessary.  


          10)States that the application shall include a section  
            summarizing the statutory provisions of state law that result  
            in the automatic denial of a license.  




          AS PASSED BY THE ASSEMBLY, this bill:  
          1)Required the Attorney General to develop a uniform CCW license  
            that may be used as indicia of proof of licensure throughout  
            the state. 


          2)Required the Attorney General to approve the use of licenses  
            issued by local agencies if they contain specified information  
            and a recent photograph of the applicant. 


          3)Required the Attorney General to retain exemplars of approved  
            licenses and maintain a list of agencies issuing local  
            licenses.


          FISCAL EFFECT:  According to the Senate Appropriations  
          Committee, pursuant to Senate Rule 28.8 negligible state costs.








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          COMMENTS:  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 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."


          Please see the policy committee analysis for a full discussion  
          of this bill.


          Analysis Prepared by:                                             
                          Gabriel Caswell / PUB. S. / (916) 319-3744  FN:  
          0003907