Sunday, April 20, 2014

Civilian CCW

In California the county sheriff where you live or the chief of police where you live can either issue you a CCW.  They lost a lawsuit over issuing concealed weapons permits.  The plaintifs complained that it was essentially impossible for anyone to get a concealed weapons permit and carrying a firearm openly was also illegal.  The courts agreed that since the right to keep and bear arms is an individual right, it seems people have some mechanism that allowed them to carry a gun.

Most agencies seem to have adopted a wait and see attitude after the loss.  I don't know of any, other than San Diego where the casemlaw originated that are actually making much effort to issue CCWs.  Just as LAPD ignored the court 20 years ago on the CCW issue, I suspect most agencies will do the same now, until there are more lawsuits.

Part of the problem is that there is often a fee, as another method to discourage people, non-refundable, and often a few hundred dollars.  There is also often lots of paperwork, again, to discourage people.  They also want references too.  Those can be hard to get as well.  I suspect this victory is only the first step needed to make this into a shall issue state, that's what the SGT Says.


Protect_and_Serve said...

CCW = drop in crime. PERIOD.

Liberals (Yes many Chiefs and Sheriffs are liberals) want high crime rates because it increases their budgets and therefore their power.

Mike Creek said...

I try not to attribute evil motives to liberals, but often the results are the same.