Senate Bill 547 (Chapter 429, Statutes of 2017) was signed into law by Governor Brown to extend the January 1, 2018 implementation date for the new assessment. Under the new law, the assessment will begin on a date to be determined by the Bureau but no later than July 1, 2018. The Bureau is continuing its efforts to secure a third party vendor to administer the assessment.Be assured that the Bureau will issue an interested parties email when a vendor is secured as well as notify BSIS certified firearms training facilities and instructors of the start date for the assessment.
2017 Legislative Update
Below is a synopsis of the legislation enacted into law in 2017 that impact the Practice Acts regulated by the Bureau of Security and Investigative Services along with a brief explanation of the substantive changes for each bill.
NOTE: Unless otherwise specified, the provisions of the enacted legislation go into effect on January 1, 2018.
(BPC = Business and Professions Code Section)
1. Senate Bill 547 (Chapter 429):
a. Revises the implementation date for the assessment that will be required for a BSIS firearms permit applicant who is a security guard registrant to “January 1, 2018, or on a date to be determined by the bureau, but no later than July 1, 2018”. (BPC Sections 7583.23 and 7583.47)
b. Effective July 1, 2018 revises various fees in the Private Security Services Act including those listed below. (BPC 7588)
ii. Security Guard Registration Fees: $55 for initial registration and $40 for renewal.
vii. Firearms Permit Fees: $100 for initial permit issuance and $80 for renewal.
2. Senate Bill 800 (Chapter 573): Eliminates the requirement that when a licensee, qualified manager of licensee, or guard registrant holds a BSIS firearms permit, that the expiration date of the licensee or registration be synchronized with the expiration date of the firearms permit. (BPC Sections 7583.20 and 7586)
BSIS Exposed Firearm Permits - Changes in Law/Regulations and Application Forms
Beginning January 1, 2018, a Bureau-registered security guard seeking to obtain an initial BSIS Exposed Firearm Permit will be required to complete an assessment to demonstrate that he/she possesses, at the time of the assessment, approriate judgement, restraint, and self-control to carry and use a firearm while performing his/her security guard duties. NOTE: The assessment requirement will apply to ALL security guard registrants seeking a Firearm Permit for the first time AND security guard registrants who are ineligible to renew a Firearm Permit and, consequently, must apply for a new initial firearm permit.
NOTE: Having an assessment will be at an additional cost unknown what that will be right now.
Effective September 1, 2017, the new firearm application forms must be used and the older forms will be rejected.
A lot will be coming down the pipeline and additional requirements will be implemented.
Too learn more, make sure to contact either BSIS directly or our office.