LA Sheriff To Increase Concealed Carry Permits By 400 Percent
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LA Sheriff to increase concealed carry permits by 400% because of “current climate” of civil unrest
The Washington Examiner reported that L.A. County Sheriff Alex Villanueva announced that he expects to begin increasing the number of concealed carry permits (CCW) by 400%.
According to FOXLA11, CCWs have traditionally been difficult to acquire in LA. Usually, only celebrities and individuals that prove they are high-profile targets could obtain a CCW.
Breitbart reported that Sheriff Villanueva plans on the increase due to the “current climate” of civil unrest and where unlawful protesters started police vehicles on fire, making LA County residents fear for their safety.
“To qualify for a CCW, each applicant must demonstrate
(1) proof of good moral character,
(2) that good cause exists, and
(3) that the application is a resident of the county or a city within the county, or, that the applicant spends a substantial period of time in the applicant’s place of employment or business in the county or a city within the county.”
The applicant must also complete specific training requirements.
As stated in Bearing Arms:
“Self-defense isn’t seen as a legitimate reason in LA County. Neither is the fact that the Second Amendment states that the ‘right to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.’”
According to the Daily Bulletin Newspaper in 2016, there are over 220 active CCWs in LA County, out of a population of 10.2 million. Of those, only 50 to 60 are held by residents.
Bearing Arms stated:
“If the sheriff is serious about reforming the concealed carry licensing in his office, the answer is simple: drop the good cause requirement and move to a shall-issue system.”
The pledge the sheriff made Wednesday is more like a political “two-step” than and actual movement forward for Second Amendment rights of gun owners.
The sheriff of Los Angeles County is reportedly planning to increase the number of concealed carry gun permits in his city by a significant amount.
“NEW: In a live stream just now, L.A. County Sheriff Alex Villanueva said he expects to begin increasing the amount of concealed carry permits he issues by as much as 400%. CCWs are notoriously difficult to obtain in LA. @FOXLA” Fox 11 Los Angeles reporter Bill Melugin tweeted Wednesday.
Historically, acquiring a concealed carry permit in Los Angeles has been extremely difficult and is usually reserved for celebrities and those who can prove they are high-profile targets.
“To qualify for a CCW, each applicant must demonstrate (1) proof of good moral character, (2) that good cause exists, and (3) that the applicant is a resident of the county or a city within the county, or, that the applicant spends a substantial period of time in the applicant’s place of employment or business in the county or a city within the county,” an official government website reads. “In addition, the applicant must complete the training requirements as listed above.”
Gun sales have skyrocketed across the United States for several months, and in April, sales were up 200% in some states, with many of the purchases being initiated by first-time gun owners.
Villanueva has come across to some as a strident Second Amendment supporter in recent months after arguing that gun stores should not be closed as part of the coronavirus lockdown.
“Based on further input from the federal government, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department will not order or recommend closure of businesses that sell or repair firearms or sell ammunition,” Villanueva said in a written statement in March.
This article first appeared on the Washington Examiner