"Orange County sheriff's crackdown on gun permits comes under fire"

The LA Times has this story:

In her first five months in office, newly appointed Orange County Sheriff Sandra Hutchens has brought in a new management team, fired deputies accused of misconduct and tried to distance the department from the legacy of her indicted predecessor, Michael S. Carona.

But the most controversy she has generated has been her decision to review the concealed weapons permits issued by Carona.

Hutchens said she was concerned that more than 1,100 people held concealed carry permits issued by the former sheriff -- nearly three times the number of permits issued in Los Angeles County. She assigned a lieutenant to review each concealed weapons permit to determine whether the holder had a valid reason for carrying a weapon in public and whether these were people whose safety was at risk.

In the months that followed, the department sent 422 letters to permit holders, warning them that they could lose their licenses unless they could provide the department with valid reasons for having them. . . .



Blogger The Right Guy said...

This is what happens when the law is not "Shall Issue". In the state where I live now, the country where you live will dictate your chances of getting a permit. It can vary from being like NYC to Shall Issue. This inconsistency drives me nuts. I had a license when I lived in NY, but not since I moved here, as you do not need one to own, but it seems I will have to come up with a whole new rationale to obtain one, whatever that is.

11/13/2008 11:51 PM  
Blogger juandos said...

Could the problem be that the state of California has problems with the 2nd amendment?

Maybe its the inability many Californians display when it comes to understanding anything at all about the Constitution...

Note the following from Hutchens as shown in the OC Register: Hutchens said the state law is clear that concealed weapons are not legal. Exceptions are just that, she told supervisors

11/14/2008 3:48 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is disturbing. I humbly submit that under common law, the sheriff has the last word in law enforcement matters under the sheriff's jurisdiction. This however, does not grant the sheriff authority to make a decision, nor pass judgement upon a law.

Hutchens herself said that "It's my duty to follow the law.". Whose law, Sheriff Hutchens? The absolute law of the Constitution, or whatever law suits your personal needs or wants?

If perchance Sheriff Hutchens were under Judicial scrutiny, I am absolutely sure she would seek the protection of the Constitution.

Can we not have the same ourselves? Or are we merely subjects of the realm whom have no rights except those granted in limited fashion by those who answer to the Crown?

11/14/2008 8:48 PM  

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