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Bill That Mandates Training For Concealed Permits Throughout California Now On Governor’s Desk

A handgun sits on a table inside a San Diego County gun shop, Sept. 5, 2018.

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Above: A handgun sits on a table inside a San Diego County gun shop, Sept. 5, 2018.

State Assemblymember Todd Gloria wants to require all municipalities in California to require live fire training to get a concealed carry permit.

"I think that when you create higher standards and greater safety around guns — I think that’s good for gun owners," Gloria said.

The San Diego County Sheriff's Department said Wednesday there are 1,704 active concealed carry permits in San Diego. The Sheriff’s department here already requires people to complete live-fire training before getting a permit.

"Yes we have strong rules here in San Diego County thanks to Sheriff Gore, but that isn’t true across California," Gloria said.

RELATED: San Diego Lawmakers Introduce Bill Aimed At Increasing Concealed-Carry Permit Requirements

Gloria’s office could only provide KPBS with the names of four counties in California that do not specifically require live fire training. A spokesman for Gloria said they include Glenn, Tehama, Ventura, and Solano counties.

San Diego City Attorney Mara Elliott announced her support for the bill Wednesday.

"We see the barrage of bloodshed from gun violence in the news every day," Elliot said. "Accidental shootings, kids shooting kids — enough is enough, it’s time for action. Simply put: AB 2103 keeps us all safe."

KPBS asked the city attorney if there have been any instances of accidental shootings or kids shooting each other tied to concealed carry permits in San Diego.

"I don’t know if I would link it to concealed weapon holders," Elliot said. "But, we, of course, read about kids using guns on other kids whether accidental or intentional every day."

RELATED: San Diego Assemblyman’s Gun Control Bill Heads To Gov. Brown’s Desk

Groups opposed to the legislation, like political action committee San Diego County Gun Owners said, "The purpose of this grandstanding is nothing more than an attempt to influence the public to believe that gun owners are dangerous and unsafe, which is untrue."

Live fire training is already required to get a concealed carry permit for a gun in San Diego, but not everywhere in California.


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