Licenses to carry in California, while still rare, have been increasing. As these licenses are valid statewide, this increases the likelihood that the licensee will come into contact with law enforcement. As such, the license should be recognizable as valid to the law enforcement officer.
Currently, these licenses are required to be uniform throughout the state. An officer who encounters a permit from El Dorado County should be seeing the exact same permit as from Riverside County–and it should be readily identifiable as such.
However, it appears that some local authorities have been issuing their own local versions contrary to statute, putting their staff and all concealed carry holders in harm’s way.
Unfortunately, AB 2510, authored by Eric Linder (R-Corona), only makes the problem worse.
Given that there are nearly 500 issuing authorities, if all of them were to make up their own permit, it would put concealed carry license holders and law enforcement in danger, not only in California–but in those states that honor our licenses as well.
AB 2510 seeks to retroactively validate those unlawful and dangerous local permits by requiring the Department of Justice (DOJ) to ratify them, as well as encourage up to 500 new and distinct permits.
We have had some encouraging talks with the author’s office, but we need you to ensure that these Senate committee members know they need to fix AB 2510:
Senator Joel Anderson: 916-651-4038
Senator Jeff Stone: 916-651-4028
Senator Loni Hancock: 916-651-4009
Senator Steve Glazer: 916-651-4007