See Rob April 9, 2018 on Channel 13 News The narrative from the Channel 13 News Story with Rob Charny Some have argued that state law needs to change to remove the broad discretion licensing authorities have to issue licenses. After reviewing the CCW program at these three departments, including license issuance rates and license revocations, we did not identify a bad effect due directly to the different approaches departments take to issuing licenses. As a result, we do not conclude state law needs to change to clarify the issuance criteria. However, we do recommend that each department take steps to strengthen their local programs, including modifying licensing policies, establishing or modifying license processing procedures, and improving staff training. Once again the press didn't cover the issue correctly and completely missed my message. The channel 13 reporter Angela Musallam parting remark was "Don't worry we'll cover your point of view as you told it." After of course letting me know that she is more liberal. I was afraid that they were going to change up my message and of course, they did. This bill AB2103 is a total waste of time and money for firearm owners and those that wish to obtain a CCW. I discussed at length how this bill is anti low-income and how purchasing a gun legally is already very expensive for many people because of California's "Roster of Handguns Certified for Sale" which has driven up the cost of purchasing a new handgun and if the gun owner wishes to also try to get a CCW can cost hundreds of dollars which for many just isn't possible. This bill discriminates against hard-working citizens of California and is a NON-issue. There has never been a holder of a CCW that has ever been involved in a mass shooting. There is a very extensive background check vetting process involved in being approved for a CCW that involves checks by California Department of Justice, (DOJ), NICS (FBI) and the Sheriff's department issuing the CCW license. This bill isn't worth the paper it's printed on and is only up for consideration because members of the California Assembly feel a need to keep writing more and more legislation to justify their elected positions. To prove my point that there isn't a need for change on the CCW issue, in 2017 the California State Auditor stated "After reviewing the CCW program at these three departments, including license issuance rates and license revocations, we did not identify a bad effect due directly to the different approaches departments take to issuing licenses. As a result, we do not conclude state law needs to change to clarify the issuance criteria." I will post the URL to this report from the State Auditor on my web page.
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