After listening to a good portion of the public comment and Supervisor’s discussion regarding Sheriff Sandra Hutchens CCW policy, I’m left wondering if this whole cluster f#&k could have been avoided. If the Board members so outraged over her policy had asked her specifically about her position on the issuance of CCW permits, Hutchens probably wouldn’t have gotten the job.
But for whatever reason, from what I can determine at no point in the public interviews of candidates did that question get asked?
So what did they think would happen? They hire a career law enforcement officer from Los Angeles, a county that has a history of limited issuance of CCW’s, and they are surprised that her policy reflects her experience? The bottom line here is that the Sheriff does have broad discretion as to how to implement CCW laws. The fault dear riflemen lies not in the Sheriff but in the law.
If you want CCW permits to be issued to anyone for the purpose of personal protection, provided that they are law abiding and trained, then you really need to change the law of the State of California to make that happen. The folks at the NRA need to get off their tails and bankroll an initiative to move California to a “shall issue” state. If the majority of the people feel that the laws covering the issuance of CCW permits need to be changed, then the initiative will pass. If not, it won’t.
The other option is to somehow get the legislature to clarify in greater detail what the definition of good cause is. Either way, complaining that Sheriff Hutchens is abusing her discretion is just a waste of time.
One other observation though, it looked to me like there are some serious holes in the logic of the new CCW policy.Â Some of the examples of good cause that did not meet the mark seemed a bit counter intuitive to me. And what is it with the staff thatÂ sent her upÂ to the podium with numbers that did not appear to add up. Was her team trying to sabotage her?
But really, if the gun rights advocates really think Californians support their belief in the doctrine of “a hand gun in every pocket” then they need to put the idea to the voters.