]An Assembly member on Wednesday introduced legislation to reform California’s strict “may-issue” concealed carry licensing practices and make permits more obtainable.
The bill, AB 757, would amend state law to allow a desire for self-defense to be enough required “good cause” to obtain a permit.
“It is our Constitutional right to defend ourselves,” said sponsor Assemblywoman Melissa Melendez, a Republican from Lake Elsinore, in a statement. “Californians should not be subjugated to the personal beliefs of one individual who doesn’t believe in the Second Amendment. If a citizen passes the background check and completes the necessary safety training requirements, there should be no reason to deny them a CCW.”
Melendez’s proposal would insert language into the current law so that those applying for a carry permit from their local sheriff or police chief could use a desire for “self-defense, defending the life of another, or preventing crime in which human life is threatened” as sufficient reason to obtain a permit without having to show further good cause.
California is just one of eight states that still practice may-issue permitting for carry licenses.