The 2012 case of Lu v. Baca accused the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department of violating state law by forcing citizens to obtain permission from a local police chief before applying for a concealed-carry permit. In January 2014, a Superior Court judge agreed and ordered LACSD to begin accepting and processing license applications.
Fast forward to today, when a new bill is now making the rounds. AB 1134, proposed by Democrat Assemblyman Mark Stone, would allow county sheriffs to establish agreements with local police chiefs to process concealed-carry applications—the very same practice that was ruled illegal in 2014. The bill passed the state Senate on Wednesday.
Gun rights advocates are raising the red flag on this end-around. They contend it would not only circumvent the Lu victory, but would force potential concealed-carry licensees to make their way through an ever-growing sea of red tape.