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Some citizens, upset with concealed weapons process, file lawsuits

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Posted: Saturday, September 21, 2013 12:00 am

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.”

Contact reporter Kristopher Anderson at krisa@lodinews.com.

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

    advocate Posts: 499

    Only the good ol' boys would qualify for that lame excuse to carry. As one that is rumored to carry here in Lodi simply because he always carries large amounts of cash in his pockets.

  • Will Rainwater posted at 8:24 am on Mon, Sep 23, 2013.

    Will Rainwater Posts: 35

    The 2nd Amendment is my "permit" to carry. End of debate.

  • Will Rainwater posted at 8:22 am on Mon, Sep 23, 2013.

    Will Rainwater Posts: 35

    It never ceases to amaze me how some people feel they have the right dictate when, where and how you are "allowed" to exercise your Constitutional Rights. The Constitution is my permit to carry when and where I want! Debate over.



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