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California "Concealed Carry Act" (2012)

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A California "Concealed Carry Act" Initiative (#11-0056) was approved for circulation in California as a contender for the November 6, 2012 ballot.

Its sponsors, however, did not submit any signatures to election officials by the deadline.

If the initiative had qualified for the ballot and been approved by the state's voters, it would have:

  • Eliminated the so-called "good cause" and "good moral character" requirements in order to obtain a license to carry concealed firearms.
  • Required sheriffs and police chiefs to issue licenses to carry concealed firearms to any eligible applicant with no history of mental illness, substance abuse, or domestic violence, who is not currently under criminal investigation or indictment or currently subject of restraining order.
  • Eliminated the option of sheriffs and police chiefs to require applicants to complete up to 24 hours of firearms training. It also would have prohibited them from imposing conditions when issuing a firearms license.

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See also: Ballot titles, summaries and fiscal statements for California's 2012 ballot propositions

Ballot title:

Concealed Firearms. Initiative Statute.

Official summary:

"Eliminates good cause and good moral character requirements for license to carry concealed firearms. Compels sheriffs and police chiefs to issue licenses to carry concealed firearms to any eligible applicant with no history of mental illness, substance abuse, or domestic violence, who is not currently under criminal investigation or indictment or currently subject of restraining order. Eliminates sheriffs' and police chiefs' option to require applicants complete up to 24 hours of firearms training, and prohibits them from imposing reasonable restrictions or conditions when issuing the firearms license."

Summary of estimated fiscal impact:

(This is a summary of the initiative's estimated "fiscal impact on state and local government" prepared by the California Legislative Analyst's Office and the Director of Finance.)

"Increased state and local expenditures of an unknown amount to process applications for concealed firearms licenses, which would be funded with revenues collected from license application fees."

Path to the ballot

See also: California signature requirements

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