California SB610 – CCW law reform, kinda

SB610 was passed by the California legislature and presented to the Governor for signature into law on September 9th 2011.

This bill is generally a “reform” of California’s current CCW laws that makes the following changes:

  • No applicant would be required to pay for any training courses prior to the determination of good cause being made (does not remove this requirement).
  • Provides that no applicant would require liability insurance as a condition of the license.
  • Clarifies that the fee charged by the issuing agency would include any required notices (still not to exceed actual costs or $100).
  • Requires issuing agency to provide applicant with written notification of the determination of good cause.
  • Require written notification to the applicant which requirement was not satisfied if the license is denied.

Conspicuously missing from this “reform” is the exemption of California elected officials from the “good cause” requirement, as was in the initial text of the bill:

SHOULD THE GOOD CAUSE REQUIREMENT BE DEEMED MET FOR ANY APPLICANT WHO IS A MEMBER OF CONGRESS, A STATEWIDE ELECTED OFFICIAL, OR A MEMBER OF THE LEGISLATURE, FOR PROTECTION OR SELF-DEFENSE ALTHOUGH THESE PERSONS MUST STILL COMPLY WITH ALL OTHER REQUIREMENTS FOR OBTAINING OR RENEWING A LICENSE?

I guess it was a little too obvious exposure of the “we’re better than you” mentality that the California legislature all too often exhibits.

I cannot find any trace of the exemption in the final text of the bill.

How about just remove the “good cause” requirement, and make California a Shall Issue state? It would make a whole lot more sense.

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