Tim Donnelly

Tim Donnelly

By Beau Yarbrough, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 04/24/14, 8:33 PM PDT |

Gun enthusiast, Assemblyman and gubernatorial candidate Tim Donnelly, R-Hesperia, has introduced a bill that would standardize the requirements for residents to get a handgun carry license.

Assembly Bill 1563, introduced Jan. 29 and last amended on Tuesday, “would specify the information required for the application for the license, what data would be displayed on the license, and fees for issuance of a license, amendment, or replacement of a license,” the bill reads in part.

“AB 1563 fixes California’s handgun carry license system by implementing a fair, efficient, and effective framework that eliminates the burden on local law enforcement while still requiring background checks and that licensees be law-abiding people,” Donnelly is quoted as saying in a press release issued Thursday afternoon. “What we’re doing is unwinding decades of unconstitutional laws and replacing them with a framework that respects our Second Amendment rights, bringing us in line with dozens of other states.”

At the moment, counties and municipalities interpret the state’s handgun carry license requirements differently, creating “a maze of different regulations riddled with discretionary abuse and unequal treatment of applicants,” according to the press release from Donnelly’s office.

The bill was brought to Donnelly by the California Association of Federal Firearms Licensees, according to a Donnelly staff member.

“It seems pretty unlikely” that it’ll pass, said Claremont McKenna College political science professor Jack Pitney. “Tim Donnelly wants to make it easy to carry a weapon, and most Democrats don’t.”

But the bill succeeding isn’t really the point, according to Pitney.

“There’s a core of California voters who are passionate about Second Amendment rights, and this puts Tim Donnelly squarely on their radar,” he said.

This isn’t the first time the assemblyman has championed gun rights and related issues. Following the December 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary shootings, Donnelly sought to expand a 1995 law that expanded the rights of teachers, administrators and school staff members to carry a gun on campus. The bill ultimately died in committee.

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