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California Lawmakers To Take Up Bill To Tighten Concealed Carry Gun Permits


State legislators will consider a bill this spring that would tighten who can apply for a concealed carry weapon permit and where a permit holder is allowed to bring a concealed firearm.

State Bill 2, authored by Sen. Anthony Portantino, D-Burbank, would raise the age minimum for a concealed carry gun permit from 18 to 21 and would prohibit permit holders from bringing a gun into “sensitive places,” including polling places, health care facilities, playgrounds and public transit.

The bill also expands the training requirement for a concealed carry permit from a maximum of 16 hours to a minimum of 16 hours.

It would also add subjects to the permit training course like the safe storage and legal transportation of guns.


Portantino announced the bill Wednesday morning alongside gun control activists, co-authors of the bill including some Bay Area legislators, Attorney General Rob Bonta and Gov. Gavin Newsom.

“It ensures those carrying firearms in public are responsible, law-abiding citizens,” Portantino said of SB 2. “That’s important. We’re not taking someone’s Second Amendment away, we’re ensuring that the Second Amendment is properly applicable to people who warrant getting a concealed carry permit.”

Portantino and other officials noted that they are walking a fine line in an effort to pass SB 2 after last year’s U.S. Supreme Court decision in the case of the New York State Rifle and Pistol Association v. Bruen.

In a 6-3 decision, the court ruled that carrying a handgun in public solely for self-defense is constitutionally protected under the Second Amendment.


The ruling struck down a New York state law that had allowed licensing officials to reject concealed carry permit requests from applicants who did not show a special need to carry a gun outside of self-defense.

However, Justice Brett Kavanaugh and Chief Justice John Roberts co-wrote a concurring opinion in the case upholding that states still have latitude to implement certain requirements like a background check or safety training to obtain a concealed carry permit.

On Wednesday, state officials and gun control activists repeatedly decried that ruling and stressed that SB 2 is designed to be compliant with the court’s ruling in Bruen.

“The Supreme Court has made clear that there are two pathways where we can make progress to keep California safe and people safe,” Bonta said. “We can identify ‘sensitive places’ where concealed carry weapons should not be carried and that we can also have fair, objective safety evaluations before we provide a concealed carry weapon permit to an individual.”


Wednesday’s bill announcement comes just over a week after shootings in Monterey Park and Half Moon Bay killed a combined 19 people.

In the wake of the two shootings, Newsom has called for additional gun control measures and cited that the state’s existing policies have contributed to a statewide gun death rate that is nearly 40 percent below the national average.

“Gun safety saves lives,” Newsom said Wednesday. “More guns, more lives lost. The data is overwhelming.”

Brady Campaign President Kris Brown pointed to the state’s gun violence restraining order law, which allows a court to prevent someone from buying and owning a gun for up to one year if they are a threat to themselves or others, as having prevented 58 mass shooting threats between 2016, when it went into effect, and 2018.


“There are people alive today in this state because of the actions taken,” to curb access to guns, she said.

A similar bill authored by Portantino died on the Assembly floor last year.

That bill, SB 918, included an urgency clause, meaning it would have taken effect immediately rather than Jan. 1 of the following year. The urgency clause meant two-thirds of the legislature had to approve the bill rather than a standard majority.

SB 918 also had requirements for permit applicants to become qualified for a concealed carry permit. SB 2, however, assumes that applicants are qualified for a permit until proven otherwise.

“We had the votes until we didn’t have the votes,” said Bonta, who was serving in the Assembly during the vote on SB 918.

“There are folks who on another day and another time would have voted for the bill, just not that day and that night,” he said.

While the California Rifle and Pistol Association, the National Rifle Association’s affiliate in the state, did not respond to a request for comment on SB 2’s introduction, the organization celebrated SB 918’s failure last year, calling it “a bill that would have made it virtually impossible to carry a gun outside your home.”

Newsom, Portantino and Bonta were all resolute that SB 2 would have the votes this time and that it will fall on Newsom’s desk and receive his signature at some point this year.

“There’s a pattern,” Newsom said of the United States’ frequent mass shootings. “California has been solving for a pattern and it’s working. We’re saving lives, but we have more work to do.”


lol February 2, 2023 - 10:14 AM - 10:14 AM

A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.

shall not be infringed

shall not be infringed

Sign from Above February 3, 2023 - 3:54 PM - 3:54 PM

To expand on LOL’s statement:

Oxford dictionary:

infringed (past tense) · infringed (past participle)
1. actively break the terms of (a law, agreement, etc.): act so as to limit or undermine (something); encroach on:

This is a direct attempt to “limit or undermine something” (the 2nd amendment.) When will these idiots finally get it? Stop making the Supreme Court your babysitter. Read the constitution! There is no interpretation needed. It spells it out in plain English!!

WC---Creeker February 2, 2023 - 10:42 AM - 10:42 AM

Sound bite Newsom, reading his nonsense. Associating concealed carry with mass shootings, geez.

nytemuvr February 2, 2023 - 10:44 AM - 10:44 AM

We don’t need no stinking concealed carry permits.

S February 2, 2023 - 10:58 AM - 10:58 AM

I agree with the fine quality CA State Government.
Keep soft targets even softer.
This will greatly increase the ease of attack by those who don’t follow the law away.

Bobo February 2, 2023 - 11:23 AM - 11:23 AM

I have not seen that any of these shootings were committed by someone with a concealed carry permit. So how is tightening the rules going to help. They are so against people protecting themselves. Yet newscum has bodyguards where ever he goes. How about he gets rid of his protection.

Sign from Above February 3, 2023 - 3:59 PM - 3:59 PM

Exactly! These laws directly target the upstanding law-abiding citizen and do nothing to stop the criminal. We have the country’s most substantial gun control legislation, and shootings are still occurring. Why? Because the laws are targeting the wrong people. open your eyes people.

Ricardoh February 2, 2023 - 11:44 AM - 11:44 AM

Literally every day democrats come up with a new idea to screw up the state. They are not going to stop. It is so discouraging.

Captain Bebops February 2, 2023 - 11:51 AM - 11:51 AM

It’s all so they can show that they are “doing something” so they can be re-elected. Politics these days is a career for opportunists and not for normal people. We need to rein them in as they only serve their self interests and those of mindless ideologues.

Ricardoh February 2, 2023 - 12:59 PM - 12:59 PM

As long as we have a dishonest leftist press that caters to every liberal group nothing will change. We will get none of the leftists out of office.

Old-school guy February 2, 2023 - 12:01 PM - 12:01 PM

Remember criminals don’t need a permit. They just slip the gun in their pant waist.

Dorothy February 2, 2023 - 12:01 PM - 12:01 PM

Guns and other weapons (including knives and vehicles) do one thing very well. Decrease the surplus population. There, argument solved.

Ricardoh February 2, 2023 - 12:53 PM - 12:53 PM

I would rethink that. Many innocent people including children are getting killed.

Dorothy February 2, 2023 - 8:06 PM - 8:06 PM

A lot of the use of various weapons include innocent people including children.

American Citizen February 2, 2023 - 12:23 PM - 12:23 PM

You should never have to apply for a permit to exercise your constitutional rights. Criminals sure don’t get permits. When seconds count, the police are moments away.

domo February 2, 2023 - 1:28 PM - 1:28 PM

… and perps certainly won’t buy liability insurance… if this goes through they will want serial numbers, make, model, caliber, etc.

Chicken Little February 2, 2023 - 6:51 PM - 6:51 PM

All that stuff is already required to get a CCW permit in California. They list the info for the “approved” guns that you “qualified” for right on the permit itself.

BOB February 2, 2023 - 1:40 PM - 1:40 PM

Sounds right. The government will not protect you and will not let you protect yourself.

Reality says… February 2, 2023 - 1:43 PM - 1:43 PM

“… would prohibit permit holders from bringing a gun into “sensitive places,” including polling places, health care facilities, playgrounds and public transit.”

Funny – the exact places where we have had people shot and would actually benefit from someone with a CCW being present.

“ It ensures those carrying firearms in public are responsible, law-abiding citizens,” Portantino said of SB 2.”

Anthony – if I’m a responsible, law-abiding citizen and I’ve jumped through the states training hopes then why can’t I carry in these places???

Another example of how I am just surrounded by idiots with no common sense!!!

WC February 2, 2023 - 1:47 PM - 1:47 PM

Dear Governor Greassolini,

No concealed carry permit holders have committed any mass shootings.

Worry about water, gas prices, PG&E, and Edison prices you putz.

Chicken Little February 2, 2023 - 3:14 PM - 3:14 PM

Sure, keep going after the people who don’t commit crimes, while doing everything possible to avoid punishing actual criminals. Makes perfect sense.

Rollo Tomasi February 2, 2023 - 3:36 PM - 3:36 PM

“We’re not taking someone’s Second Amendment away, we’re ensuring that the Second Amendment is properly applicable to people who warrant getting a concealed carry permit.”

These assclowns really believe they have the authority to determine who gets to exercise their civil rights. Are there any other rights protected by the Constitution that they think they control?

Anonymous February 2, 2023 - 4:55 PM - 4:55 PM

“…we’re ensuring that the Second Amendment is properly applicable to people who warrant getting a concealed carry permit.”

And there it is.

Concord74 February 3, 2023 - 8:50 AM - 8:50 AM

Every election cycle, base in CA consistenly returns the same idiots(actually POS!) to their cushy jobs! Bonta, Swalwell, Pelosi, Gruesome Newsom, Weiner, and some new names from SoCal now!
The event with hubby Pelosi is an outright staged if not buy-off to gain sympathy for the female Pelosi! I thought she had an entourage of a security detail to protect her family(???)!!
WHAT A BUNCH OF B******S AT TAXPAYERS EXPENSE!!! I hope Pappe gets acquitted!!!!

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