He still needs a CCW that must be signed by the County Sheriff. I'm not sure which county he lives in, his district has parts of both LA and San Bernardino. As a state legislator almost any Sheriff will sign off on a permit.
He still has to do a DOJ check to qualify and demonstrate competency with a firearm. That being said, I know the Sheriff in SB does give out CCWs.
But even with the CCW he still has to check the firearm before boarding.