FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Friday, March 7, 2014
ROSEVILLE, CA – Following the federal Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals’ recent affirmations of the fundamental, individual Second Amendment right to carry handguns in public for self-defense, Roseville-based gun rights group The Calguns Foundation has published new resources to assist law-abiding Californians with the process of applying for a license to carry.
“One important element of our Carry License Compliance Initiative is to educate people on the laws and process,” said Executive Director Brandon Combs. “The information barrier has been a huge problem in the past, but we’re confident that our new tools will help thousands of Californians exercise their Second Amendment rights.”
In addition to expanded informational offerings, the Foundation has created a new California Carry License (LTC/CCW) Issue Reporting System, a service that applicants can use to report problems with a local law enforcement agency’s application policy or practice.
“By creating a database of the personal experiences of carry license applicants from across the state, we will gain a comprehensive understanding of what’s actually happening out there,” explained Combs. “These reports will help us determine which licensing authorities to focus our Compliance Initiative resources on, and, when necessary, take legal action against.”
Combs noted that the Foundation released its new carry license projections in February, which showed the number of Californians licensed to carry handguns skyrocketing during the first year of effective “shall-issue” regulations.
Using information pulled from the California Department of Justice and the issuance statistics of other “shall-issue” states across the nation, The Calguns Foundation estimated that the number of California carry licensees will grow over 1000%, from about 56,000 today to as many as 1,000,000 in 2015.
“There’s no question that the public demand is there,” said Combs. “The right to carry is the biggest, most culturally-significant issue in gun rights today. We’re going to do whatever it takes to make sure that all law-abiding people are free to exercise their Second Amendment civil rights in California.”
Those interested in applying for a California carry license can access The Calguns Foundation’s FAQs, download state-standard application forms, review legal information, and report unconstitutional or unlawful policies through its website at http://www.calgunsfoundation.org/carry.
The Calguns Foundation (www.calgunsfoundation.org) is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that serves its members, supporters, and the public through educational, cultural, and judicial efforts to defend and advance Second Amendment and related civil rights.