In addition to introducing her Command Staff (Org Chart) (Bio’s), Orange County Sheriff Sandra Hutchens opened her presser today by addressing her draft policy on CCW permits. Initial reaction to her intention to review the existing 1,100 permits from Republican circles was swift and critical. Although Hutchens had made it clear that she was simply reviewing the issued permits to ensure they had been issued in accordance with state law and not as political favors, some have speculated that her decision was a sign of opposition to the Second Amendment.
Hutchens clarified again today that she is simply reviewing existing permits and establishing standards consistent with industry standards for the issuance of such permits. She intends to make sure that the issuance of permits in Orange County will be fair andÂ equitable; based upon credible, significant, substantiated cause, and not political influence. Applicants will need to clear background checks and may be required to submit to psychological evaluation.
This is really nothing new in respect to law. It is the way it should always have been, and she just wants to make sure that is the case with every permit issued.