Counties Must End “Good Cause” Concealed Weapon Requirements After SCOTUS Ruling, Rob Bonta Says

California Attorney General Rob Bonta released a legal memo Friday advising all local jurisdictions to abandon the “good cause” requirement for concealed weapon (CCW) permits following a ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court.

“It is the Attorney General’s view that the court’s decision renders California’s good cause standard to secure a permit to carry a concealed weapon in most public places unconstitutional,” Bonta wrote. “Permitting agencies may no longer require a demonstration of good cause.”

Last Thursday, the U.S. Supreme Court overturned CCW restrictions in the state of New York which require permit applicants to show a special need to carry a concealed weapon in public. The monumental 6-3 ruling was overshadowed by the overturning of Roe v. Wade the following day.

California jurisdictions that require concealed weapon holders to show gpod cause include Los Angeles, San Diego, and San Francisco.

More of California’s gun restrictions could be in jeopardy following Thursday’s ruling. Read more about the potential impact of the Supreme Court decision at CalMatters.


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