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New Gun Laws to Take Effect in California in 2019

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San Jose, CA gun chrage lawyerFor the past couple of years, gun laws have been a much-favored topic of discussion among politicians, scholars and the general public. Some people think that gun laws should be strengthened, and others think the current gun laws violate the Second Amendment, which gives us the right to bear arms. California, a historically Democratic state, has passed several new gun laws that will go into effect in 2019. 

AB 2103: Firearm Training for Concealed Carry

This gun law puts new training requirements for those who want to obtain a concealed carry license. Currently, the laws say that the training course must not exceed 16 hours and must cover firearm safety and permissible use of a firearm. Under the new law, the training must be at least 8 hours, but no more than 16 hours long. The course must also include firearm handling and shooting techniques. Applicants will also be required to demonstrate the shooting proficiency and ability to safely handle a gun.

AB 1968: Mental Health and Firearm Ownership

This law puts a lifetime ban on gun ownership for people who have been involuntarily admitted to a mental institution more than once within a one-year period because they were deemed to be a threat to themselves or others. This law goes into effect at the end of 2019 and will also allow those who do not qualify for this reason to appeal the decision every five years.

AB 3129: Domestic Violence and Firearm Ownership

For people convicted on or after January 1, 2019 of domestic violence, they will be subject to a lifetime ban on gun ownership. Under current law, a felony conviction of domestic violence must be had in order to have a gun ban. Under the new law, misdemeanor convictions will be treated similarly. 

Are You Facing Charges for a Gun Crime? A San Jose, CA Gun Crimes Defense Lawyer Can Help

Because guns are such a controversial issue, the laws concerning guns change often. As a gun owner, you must stay abreast of these changes to the law so that you can remain in compliance. Violating gun laws can lead to serious legal trouble, but an experienced Santa Clara County gun crimes defense attorney can help. Contact the Jachimowicz Law Group to determine what your best course of action would be. Call our office today at 408-246-5500 to schedule a free consultation.

Sources:

https://www.cnbc.com/2018/12/26/tougher-gun-laws-to-take-effect-in-2019-in-ca-several-other-states.html

https://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billNavClient.xhtml?bill_id=201720180AB1968

https://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billTextClient.xhtml?bill_id=201720180AB3129

https://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billNavClient.xhtml?bill_id=201720180AB2103

 

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