A newly released report has confirmed many of the findings of Hired Guns, a Reveal/CNN investigation that uncovered lax oversight and regulation of the armed security guard industry.
The report will be the topic of a hearing Wednesday in the state’s Capitol. Lawmakers plan to question the California Bureau of Security and Investigative Services about its oversight and enforcement practices, including some of the issues highlighted in Reveal’s investigation.
Among the recommendations made by the Joint Oversight committees:
- The bureau should begin collecting and providing more information on security guard shootings, including the bureau’s investigation of security guard shootings.
- The bureau should investigate the possibility of requiring mental health examinations for armed guard applicants.
- The bureau should evaluate whether current firearm training requirements are sufficient.
The report and hearing comes after Reveal found that regulators have failed to thoroughly investigate security guard shootings in the state. Reveal also found that California is among many states that do not require mental health evaluations for armed guards, and the state requires just six hours of range time before a guard can be posted on the job with a gun.
The report shed some light on other issues facing the state of California, including citations that have not kept pace with our financial times. Currently, guards can only be fined $25 if they’re caught working without firearms qualification cards, a penalty that was set more than 20 years ago.
Check back Wednesday for Reveal’s coverage of the hearing. You also can read the report in its entirety here.
This story was edited by Amy Pyle and copy edited by Sheela Kamath.