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Taking Action Against Gun Violence

California Says Enough - photo of a rally against Gun Violence

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

Yesterday, I joined Governor Gavin Newsom, Attorney General Rob Bonta, Senator Anthony Portantino (D-Burbank), and my colleagues in the legislature in announcing Senate Bill 2, which will implement several improvements to California's concealed weapons laws.

Last June, the Supreme Court ruled in New York State Rifles and Pistols v. Bruen that any concealed carry license law, which requires an applicant to show "good cause" to carry a gun, was unconstitutional. California’s response to that decision is to safeguard communities, remain within the scope of constitutionality and create the most robust and comprehensive concealed weapons policies in the nation. It is our most sacred responsibility as representatives of the people to do everything in our power to prevent communities from being terrorized by gun violence. Mass shootings leave a long lasting impact not only on the families and individuals affected but on all communities who now fear going to school, church, movie theaters and general public spaces that should bring joy, not fear. The mental health of the people of California as well as the American public is in a fragile state because of an American-made problem that we need to address. Gun violence and mass shootings have become a norm that we cannot accept. I look forward to working with my colleagues in the legislature to advance policies that will combat this issue.

Senate Bill 2 strengthens California’s restrictions regarding public carry laws by:

  • Enhancing the existing licensing system – ensuring those permitted to carry firearms in public are responsible and law-abiding individuals. 
  • Protecting children – setting a minimum age requirement from 18 to 21 years of age to obtain a concealed carry weapon (CCW) license. 
  • Advancing stronger training requirements – ensuring proper handling, loading, unloading, and storage of firearms.
  • Safeguarding the public – establishing safe community places where firearms aren’t permitted, including but not limited to courts, places of worship, airports, parks, playgrounds and schools.

As a member of the Gun Violence Prevention Working Group and co-author of SB 2, this legislation is a priority.

Should you have any questions or concerns regarding this or any other state matter, please do not hesitate to call my office at one of the numbers listed below:

Los Angeles: (213) 483-5252

Sacramento: (916) 319-2052

In Service,

Wendy Carrillo signature

Assemblymember, District 52
Chair, Assembly Budget Subcommittee No.4 on State Administration
Chair, Select Committee on Young Girls and Women of Color
Vice Chair, Legislative Progressive Caucus