The average Joe in Los Angeles County doesn’t have a right to keep and bear arms. He needs to seek permission from the overlords at the Sheriff’s office before he can carry in the public square.
Since it’s a May-Issue county, Joe needs to provide the department with “convincing evidence” of a “clear and present danger to life or of great bodily harm.” Basically, he needs to prove he is going to be a victim of a crime before it happens.
As you can imagine, what this means is that average Joes can’t get permits.
A recent audit of the permits in Los Angeles County found that the majority went to current or former law enforcement officers, judges and prosecutors. Surprise, surprise. Right?
The audit found that there was a reason the legal and law enforcement communities were getting preferential treatment. The Sheriff’s office was waiving that imminent threat standard. One of the lieutenants told an auditor that because of the “nature of their job” applicants from those communities don’t need to provide that “convincing evidence.” But that’s against the rules!
“However, making that decision based solely on the applicant’s profession both directly contradicts Los Angeles’s written policy — which specifically states that no position or job classification in itself shall constitute good cause for issuance — and has led the department to treat applicants inequitably based on their occupations,” the audit stated.
L.A. County Sheriff Jim McDonnell disputed the claims, telling the LA Times that the auditors misinterpreted the policy.
“The LASD policy simply requires that the applicant provide ‘convincing evidence’” that his or her life or physical safety is threatened, the sheriff told LA Times. He went on to argue that the policy does not require additional documentation of that evidence if sufficient information is provided in the application.
Hmmm. Nice try, Sheriff McDonnell. Nice try. Keep ensuring your buddies have the right to defend themselves. Forget about the rest of Los Angeles County. You know, the people you are sworn to serve. The people who pay your salary.
The underlying problem with this situation is the policy itself. May-issue is a sham. All law-abiding citizens should be able to carry a concealed firearm. Period. No documentation required.
At least forty states have either Constitutional or Shall-Issue carry. It’s about time California catches on.