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Opinion and Commentary By Donna Westfall – December 24, 2023

We’re on the eve of Christmas 2023. California has more laws concerning gun control, dare I say the strictest laws concerning gun control in the nation. On the one hand, celebrations continue during this holiday season. On the other hand, our state continues to tax and regulate us to the point of deep concern. How much longer can we even afford to celebrate Christmas?

On Friday, a group of us sat around and discussed ideas for factories that could potentially employ people in the Del Norte County area. During the discussion, someone asked if anyone knew where they could get ammunition for their gun. Someone then jumped on the idea of creating a business that could manufacture ammunition in our community.

Whoa Nellie! It’s not allowed!

What? I had to look it up. Here’s the skinny: California bans the manufacture, importation, sale, offer for sale, or knowing possession or transportation of handgun ammunition designed primarily to penetrate metal or armor. (California Penal Code Section 16660)

Next question: Can Californians buy ammunition out of state?

Answer: California residents may not buy ammo out of state and bring it back with them. You can buy as much ammo as you want in whatever caliber; you do not need to own a registered gun for the caliber you buy. No purchase permits or safety certificates are required, just the background check.

Huh? That doesn’t make any sense to me. Got to ask more questions about that but will do it another time.

Next question: Is there any ammunition manufacturing company in California?

Answer: Yes. It’s called Bishop Ammunition and Firearms near Sacramento where they manufacture ammunition and firearms. Their business office is in Idaho. You can go to their website and read about their company and products. I really love their tag line, God Bless the 2nd Amendment.” They also have a Facebook page at @bishopammo. And a Twitter (AKA “X”) presence at

Once you own a gun in California and qualify for a Concealed Carry Weapon (CCW), the state is trying to regulate that to death. And that’s where you come in.

There’s Gun Owners of California Alert and Call to Action. And, it’s time sensitive. Here’s what going on. The DOJ is Pushing Regulations to Severely Limit Who Can Legally Train CCW Applicants.

In a thuggish move aimed at thwarting Californians from obtaining training required for a concealed carry permit, the Department of Justice issued emergency regulations on December 8, 2023 and did so with limited – and an uncertain – period for public comment.  Finally, and after much confusion from the state agencies in question, the public comment timeline began on the evening of December 22 and will end on Wednesday, December 27, 2023. 

GOC and California Rifle and Pistol Association (CRPA) have been ready to punch back since December 8 with a formal response to the  emergency regulations on SB 2’s expanded attempts at making the CCW process more onerous.


Current law stipulates that firearm safety certificate instructors shall have a certification from specified organizations, which are listed in California’s Penal Code. Given this legal power, Attorney General Rob Bonta’s Department of Justice will recognize only three of the eight categories of certified instructors, each which are controlled by the State of California: the Department of Consumer Affairs, the state Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training, or a state-accredited school to teach a firearm training course. Both USCCA and the NRA have been removed as entities that provide certified instructor training.

Also jettisoned from the Penal Code list are instructors certified by the federal government, federal law enforcement and the U.S. military.

The impact of these proposed regulations will invalidate the ability of over 90% of CCW instructors to offer training to applicants. Because of this and other outrageous elements of SB 2, GOC and CRPA have already begun legal challenges to SB 2 .
Send email as per the above with the following in the SUBJECT line:

Opposition to Proposed Emergency Regulations – Carry Concealed Weapons Licenses

To whom it may concern:

As a concerned citizen I am writing in opposition to the California Department of Justice’s proposed emergency regulations regarding Carry Concealed Weapons (“CCW”) Licenses for the following reasons:

The proposed regulations are wholly unnecessary, are inconsistent with existing law and legal authority, and cannot be easily understood by those affected.

* The DOJ fails to explain how or why proposed regulations seek to massively limit CCW instructor applicants and should only be certified by one of 3 state-controlled entities. This strongly deviates from entities currently listed listed in Penal Code section 31635.

* The DOJ does not explain why the following additional certification options that are not listed in their proposal: the Director of Civilian Marksmanship; the Federal Government; the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center; the United States Military; National Rifle Association-Certified Instructor; or any entity found by DOJ to give comparable instruction.

* The emergency regulations require that CCW instructor applicants pass a “live-fire shooting qualification course on a firing range,” but fail to provide any guidance regarding who must administer this course.

* Finally, CCW issuing authorities are not required to ensure their CCW training providers are certified under these proposed regulations even if adopted. Penal Code section 26165 allows individuals who are DOJ-certified Firearm Safety Certificate instructors to provide the required CCW training.DOJ’s proposed “emergency” regulations are not exempt from the Administrative Procedures Act and otherwise fail to meet its requirements. I respectfully request that OAL reject the proposal and that DOJ make appropriate changes.


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