California lawmaker, gun control groups seek to reject concealed carry reciprocity
By Chris Eger
Assembly Majority Whip Miguel Santiago argues pending legislation in Washington would skirt gun control measures California has already established. (Photo: Asm. Santiago)
A Los Angeles area Democrat wants to limit what he sees as a federal overreach of California’s strong gun control laws.
In a measure introduced last week by Assemblymember Miguel Santiago, D-Los Angeles, the California Legislature would call on Congress to reject federal laws seeking expanded recognition of concealed carry permits and licenses nationwide.
“I’m not willing to throw away the progress we have made on gun-safety or put our communities at risk because some backward politician in D.C. thinks they know what’s better for California than we do,” said Santiago, who serves as majority whip in the Assembly. “Our state has a right to create our own laws, within the confines of the U.S. Constitution, and Californians expect that the gun control laws that they have supported and instituted in the name of public health and safety will hold – regardless of who is carrying that gun or where he or she is from.”
The resolution, AJR-24, is supported by Everytown for Gun Safety and seeks to repudiate S. 446 and H.R. 38, a pair of Republican-heavy bills on Capitol Hill