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Friday, September 4, 2015

California’s Concealed-Carry Death Spiral

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.