California Tightens Rules on Concealed Weapons

California is tightening rules on concealed weapons. On Wednesday, Governor Jerry Brown signed a bill into law setting a new minimum training standard on concealed weapons.

Posted: Sep 27, 2018 5:58 PM
Updated: Sep 28, 2018 2:52 PM

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - California is tightening rules on concealed weapons. On Wednesday, Governor Jerry Brown signed a bill into law setting a new minimum training standard on concealed weapons.

Currently, Californians are required to undergo a minimum of four hours of training before carrying a concealed weapon.

With the new bill, Californians will have to undergo at least eight hours of training, but they will not be required to exceed 16 hours.

Applicants will also have to have qualifications per firearm.

Action News Now spoke with the CEO and owner of Down Range in Chico, Will Clark. Clark explained what this means for applicants.

"It's not as if you can just say, I'm qualified in a revolver, I'm qualified in a semi-auto handgun," Clark said. "You actually have to qualify per handgun, per the statue. The changes in that law will require more people to spend time at the rang." 

The bill also requires live-fire exercises on a firing range. This involves the applicant showing he or she can safely handle a gun and shoot proficiently.

The new bill won't go into effect until January 1.

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