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Concealed weapon permits reflect a patchwork of standards in California

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Lt. Fernando Martinez, Lodi Police Department

“The way our policy works is you have to show just cause to be issued a (concealed weapons permit). For the mere purpose of protecting yourself or family without any threat, that reason is kind of vague. You have to show that you’re in some kind of threat because of what you do or because you’re in danger.”

Assemblywoman Kristin Olson, R-Riverbank

“(Law enforcement agencies) should be issuing concealed weapons permits to people who apply for them, unless there is a legal reason not to. So if that is not being followed throughout the state ... then perhaps we do need some clarifying criteria and (a) standard at the state level.”

Chief Deputy Jason Gates, Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office

“It’s a statewide issue (in Oregon). We’re all doing it the same way so we know the (concealed weapons) holder has gone through the same background process. We know that the process has been followed.”

Sgt. Jason Ramos, Sacramento County Sheriff’s Office

“Gone are the days that a bus drivers or traveling jeweler will be denied a permit. If you want to protect your family, that’s a good enough reason for us.”

Posted: Saturday, September 21, 2013 12:15 am

Say you’re a jeweler living in Sacramento County. You’d like to carry a concealed handgun for security reasons. If you apply for a concealed weapon permit, you are very likely to be issued one. A jeweler living in Lodi would likely be successful, too.

But one living in San Francisco is out of luck. San Francisco very rarely issues permits. In fact, there are only two in a city of 700,000.

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  • Sam John posted at 12:00 am on Sat, Jan 4, 2014.

    Sam William John Posts: 1

    This article is RIFE with inaccuracies and falsehoods!!


  • Dennis Moore posted at 10:13 am on Mon, Sep 23, 2013.

    Dennis Moore Posts: 9

    Joanne asked, "Why in the world would one need to carry a concealed weapon outside their home just for the general protection of their family?"

    Google "Mother Jones US Mass Shootings" and look at the table that is presented. Now consider how many of those would have had a lower death toll if even one person present had a CCW.

    Now take a look at the news to see the reports of people being robbed and shot/stabbed/beaten just on their way home from the store, or walking down the street.

    You are obviously of the mindset that "It can't happen here, and it can't happen to me." Wrong. It CAN happen here, and it CAN happen to you.

    If I carry a concealed weapon for twenty years and never use it, you'll say I didn't need it and I'll say Thank God. A concealed weapon is not something that is going to be used every day, and, and statistics would show that most are never used, but if that one unthinkable time does occur, it is better to be prepared.

  • Doug Chaney posted at 9:17 am on Mon, Sep 23, 2013.

    advocate Posts: 502

    Gives them that feeling of supreme power, Ms. Bobin. Many are cowards who stepped on someone's toes or ripped them off in the past and merely carry out of fear of that someone extricating revenge on them or their families. Thereare plenty of those cowards in the good ol' boys ranks.

  • Joanne Bobin posted at 8:32 am on Sun, Sep 22, 2013.

    Joanne Bobin Posts: 4488

    Why in the world would one need to carry a concealed weapon outside their home just for the general protection of their family?

    If one is involved in a business that might be subject to high crimes/robberies, i.e., transporting cash or other valuables on a routine basis, they should be allowed a permit.

    But just to carry around a gun in public is sheer nonsense, like the group that convenes at Starbucks and loves to flaunt their open carry weapons for all to see, like that is some type of symbol that sends a message. If you think you are in "danger" at Starbucks you have some serious problems.

    I think Lt. Martinez's comment was very appropriate.

  • jeff palmer posted at 7:24 pm on Sat, Sep 21, 2013.

    boom1967 Posts: 2

    As a resident of Lodi I am disgusted that one of those sworn to protect our community places such little value on families. The reason to protect our most cherished people in our lives should be more than enough reason to be issued a permit. The lt is a disgrace to the community with such an attitude.



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