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Los Angeles County: Only 197 Concealed Carry Permits for 10.2 Million Residents

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An audit by the California State Auditor shows Los Angeles County has only issued concealed carry permits to 197 of its 10.2 million residents.

This works out to about one permit issued per every 50,000 residents and highlights the freedom-crushing danger of hinging concealed permit issuance guidelines on a “good cause” requirement. The danger arises from that fact that such a policy places ultimate approval of a concealed permit application in the hands of a local law enforcement officer who arbitrarily decides who can and cannot exercise the natural right to bear arms.

The Auditor’s report highlighted the arbitrary nature of the “good cause” permitting system not only by discovering the low number of permits issued but also by giving close scrutiny to 25 of the permits and learning that all but one were issued to the “well-connected.”

As reported by the NRA-ILA, the Auditor found that the “good cause” requirement was arbitrarily followed, if at all, in many instances of permit issuance. This means Los Angeles County “did not completely adhere to its policies when issuing any of the 25 CCW licenses…reviewed.” They bolstered this finding by pointing out that “Los Angeles issued all but one of these licenses without the level of documentation it expects to demonstrate that the applicant has met the good cause requirement.”

The Auditor noted:

22 of the 25 CCW licenses we reviewed were issued to applicants with professions that connected them to the law enforcement community: the individuals were former or current law enforcement officers, judges, court commissioners, retired federal agents, and deputy district attorneys. In fact, we found that of the 197 licenses that Los Angeles had issued that were active as of mid-August 2017, only nine were issued to applicants outside of that community.

Sacramento County Sheriff Scott R. Jones interprets the “good cause” requirement differently, considering “self-defense or the defense of others sufficient to meet the ‘good cause’ requirement.” As result, his county has issued 9,130 permits to its population of 1.5 million residents. This translates into one armed law-abiding per roughly 164 residents versus the ratio of one per 50,000 in Los Angeles County.

By AWR Hawkins | Breitbart

‘Hurricane Gun Law’ Allows Irma Evacuees to Carry Concealed w/o Permit

Floridians fleeing Hurricane Irma have been granted an additional means of protection. A 2015 Florida law known commonly as the “hurricane gun law” allows those taking part in a mandatory evacuation to carry a concealed firearm for 48 hours without a valid permit.

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When Florida Governor Rick Scott signed the law in 2015, Unified Sportsmen of Florida’s Marion Hammer commented, “This bill is a no-brainer, particularly in Florida with our hurricane exposure. When you’re ordered to evacuate — to take your kids, your dog and valuables and flee — the last thing you should leave behind is your gun.”

Gov. Scott can also extend the timeline to allow evacuees to carry concealed for a greater amount of time.

“With Hurricane Irma now a category 5 storm, we must do all we can to prepare our families and communities for any potential impact from this major weather event,” Scott said in a statement. “We do not know the exact path of this storm, but weather can change in an instant and while we hope for the best, we must prepare for the worst.”

Florida’s expansion of Second Amendment rights comes in the wake of the opposite response from the U.S. Virgin Islands, whose governor signed an order Monday instructing law enforcement personnel to confiscate firearms and ammunition from residents before the arrival of Hurricane Irma.

Hurricane Irma: Virgin Island Governor Orders Civilian Gun Grab

In response, the National Rifle Association is threatening legal action if Gov. Kenneth Mapp refuses to reverse the order.

“People need the ability to protect themselves during times of natural disaster,” said Chris W. Cox, executive director, NRA-ILA, in a press release. “This dangerous order violates the constitutional rights of law-abiding citizens and puts their lives at risk.”

The NRA won a similar lawsuit in 2005 against New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin, who tried to confiscate firearms in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.

Gov. Scott warned on Wednesday that Irma remains a “dangerous and life-threatening Category 5,” and the National Weather Service called the storm “potentially catastrophic.” A hurricane watch has been issued for south Florida, the Florida Keys, Lake Okeechobee, and Florida Bay.

The governor urged Florida residents in these areas to “get out quickly” if they’re told to evacuate, adding that 25,000 people have already been evacuated from the Florida Keys. Mandatory evacuations have been issued all along the Florida coast, including in Miami.

Evacuees are fleeing to designated evacuation zones and refugee centers. Some have even traveled up the state into Georgia.

| Guns America

Maine Senate Votes to Eliminate Concealed Handgun Permits

Maine may become sixth in nation to not require permits for concealed handguns

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Senate lawmakers in the northeastern state of Maine have approved a bill that would eliminate the need for concealed carry handgun permits, instituting a concept popularly known as “constitutional carry.”

In a 21-14 vote Thursday, the republican-controlled Senate approved L.D. 652, “An Act To Authorize the Carrying of Concealed Handguns without a Permit.”

The bill would allow members of the public “not prohibited from possessing a firearm to carry a concealed handgun without a permit.”

Pro-gun politicians hailed the bill’s passage as a major step forward in securing the rights of law-abiding gun owners.

“This is a great day for the Second Amendment and a great day for Mainers,” Senate Majority Leader Garrett Mason said, according to MaineSenateGOP.com. “Maine has a strong and proud tradition of supporting the right to bear arms. Passage of Constitutional Carry cements and protects that right.”

The bill’s sponsor, Senator Eric Brakey, also remarked on how the “commonsense proposal” strengthens the protections enshrined in the Bill of Rights.

“Currently in Maine, you can carry a gun on your person, but once you put on a jacket that covers up that gun you’re carrying illegally if you don’t have a permit. It just doesn’t make sense,” Senator Brakey said. “This legislation changes that, and in doing so protects our Second Amendment Rights and lessens the burdens on local governments for permitting.”

Major gun control groups, including former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s Everytown for Gun Safety and Moms Demand Action, as well as members of the Maine Chiefs of Police led an effort to derail the bill, with Portland Chief Michael Sauschuck arguing it would “ultimately [hurt] the safety of our communities.”

“When we roll into a scene, we’re looking for weapons,” Sauschuck said last month. “Common sense would say, why wouldn’t you have a permitting process before allowing someone to conceal a firearm in the community?”

The GOP contends, however, the controversial bill would only affect local permits and would not altogether eliminate the state permit system “so that citizens can enjoy reciprocity with other states.”

The bill must next overcome a House hurdle before heading to Governor Paul LePage’s desk, who has a strong history of endorsing pro-second Amendment proposals.

If passed, the bill would repeal the state’s century-old concealed permit law, making Maine the sixth state, alongside Alaska, Arizona, Kansas, Vermont and Wyoming, to not require permits for concealed carry.