SECTION 1. Section 12050 of the Penal Code is amended to read:That is all. No other changes are proposed in this bill that I could find.
12050. (a) (1) (A) The sheriff of a county, upon proof that the
person applying is of good moral character
, that good causeand that the person applying
exists for the issuance,
satisfies any one of the conditions specified in subparagraph (D) and
has completed a course of training as described in subparagraph (E),
mayshall issue to that person a
license to carry a pistol, revolver, or other firearm capable of
being concealed upon the person in either one of the following
(i) A license to carry concealed a pistol, revolver, or other
firearm capable of being concealed upon the person.
(ii) Where the population of the county is less than 200,000
persons according to the most recent federal decennial census, a
license to carry loaded and exposed in that county a pistol,
revolver, or other firearm capable of being concealed upon the
My question is this: do these incredibly modest changes to the text substantially change the status quo with CCW issuance in California? I am not a lawyer, not am I a legislator, so the changes that to me seem crucial, may in fact be inconsequential. If this bill passes and is signed into law, will it change the how CCW permits are issued, or will the agencies be able to wiggle around what appears to be a big change?
Here is the current status for the bill:
CURRENT BILL STATUS
MEASURE : A.B. No. 357
AUTHOR(S) : Knight.
TOPIC : Firearms: license to carry concealed firearm.
HOUSE LOCATION : ASM
TYPE OF BILL :
Majority Vote Required
State-Mandated Local Program
LAST HIST. ACT. DATE: 02/19/2009
LAST HIST. ACTION : Read first time. To print.
TITLE : An act to amend Section 12050 of the Penal Code,
relating to firearms.
This bill was introduced by Assembly Member Steve Knight, whose office is located in Palmdale, CA, a southern California city in a generally conservative region, which should be no surprise.
So, what is next? I would sent Assemblyman Knight a message indicating your support of his bill. And I would send a message to your own Assembly member also indicating your support for this bill. As can be seen in the history, this bil has not even been sent to a committee for initial consideration. Perhaps out support could move it along.