Edward Peruta, a semi-retired investigator from San Diego and concealed carry permit holder in three other states, wanted a permit in order to carry a weapon when traveling to remote destinations in his motor home.
The San Diego County Sheriff’s Office rejected his application, stating that Peruta’s reason for a permit was too “generalized” and didn’t establish a specific and verifiable threat against his life.
Peruta responded by suing the Sheriff’s office.
He accused Sheriff William Gore of violating his equal protection rights by issuing permits more favorably to the Honorary Deputy Sheriffs Association, which raises funds for law enforcement.
And his attorney, Chuck Michel, believes law enforcement agencies have too much discretion.
“You should be able to get a firearm for self-defense if you exercise your right to do that no matter where you live,” said Michel, a Los Angles County-based civil rights attorney who represents Peruta as well as other Californians denied concealed weapons permits.
Peruta lost the case, but has since appealed the ruling.
Elsewhere in California, the variety of policies is coming under fire.
Throughout the state, Californians are forcing agencies to defend their standards for issuing a permit in court.
Here are other concealed weapons challenges in California:
In December, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco heard cases that addressed the discretion of law enforcement agencies when reviewing concealed weapons permits.
Calguns Foundation, Inc., the Second Amendment Foundation, Inc. and two residents of Yolo County filed a lawsuit, challenging the concealed weapons review policy of Sheriff Ed Prieto of Yolo County. In May 2011, U.S. District Judge Morrison England ruled that Prieto retains “discretion to issue a license to carry a concealed firearm to residents within Yolo County.”
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