The following is a very brief summary of this history of California carry license statutes and the efforts underway to make licenses available to all law-abiding people:
1923: California enacts laws restricting the concealed carry of firearms.
1967: California enacts a ban on the open carry of firearms (the “Mulford Act”).
June, 2008: D.C. v. Heller decided by the U.S. Supreme Court, holds the Second Amendment secures an individual right unconnected with militia service.
April, 2009: Ninth Circuit incorporates Second Amendment rights through due process analysis in Nordyke v. King.
May 5, 2009: Sykes v. McGinness (now Richards v. Prieto) filed by California Gun Rights Foundation, Second Amendment Foundation, and a number of individual plaintiffs. (Richards v. Prieto Wiki.)
Oct 10, 2009: Peruta v. San Diego filed by Edward Peruta. (Peruta v. San Diego Wiki.)
Apr 21, 2010: NRA, CRPA join Peruta case.
June, 2010: McDonald v. Chicago decided by the U.S. Supreme Court, incorporating fundamental, individual Second Amendment rights against all U.S. states and local governments.
Dec 12, 2010: Trial court finds against Peruta plaintiffs.
May 16, 2011: Trial court finds against Richards plaintiffs.
Oct. 2011: California enacts a ban on the open carry of unloaded handguns.
Sept. 2012: California enacts a ban on the open carry of all unloaded firearms.
Dec 6, 2012: Richards, Peruta, Baker cases argued before Ninth Circuit panel; cases submitted for decision.
Jan. 14, 2014: California Gun Rights Foundation wins lawsuit against Los Angeles Sheriff Lee Baca to force LASD to accept CCW applications and reduce applicant hurdles post-“bear”.
Feb 13, 2014: Ninth Circuit decision holds San Diego County’s “good cause” requirement unconstitutional.
March 5, 2014: Ninth Circuit decision holds Yolo County’s carry license policies unconstitutional.
November 10, 2014: Ninth Circuit rejects intervenor requests by Attorney General Kamala Harris, Brady Campaign, and others.
March 27, 2015: Ninth Circuit vacates the 3-judge panel decisions in Peruta v. San Diego and Richards v. Prieto, consolidates cases for oral arguments, and ordered en banc rehearing.
June 16, 2015: Oral arguments scheduled for 3:30 p.m.