Darth Vader loses his Concealed Lightsaber Permit

The Orange County Register is reporting today that OC Sheriff Sandra Hutchens has revoked the concealed weapons permit from the dark lord himself, Mike Schroeder.

Norberto Santana is reporting:

Hutchens this week notified attorney Mike Schroeder, the main adviser and closest ally to former Sheriff Mike Carona, that she is terminating his permit to carry a concealed weapon.

Schroeder, the former chairman of the state Republican Party, said he’s not happy and plans to fight back.

“I believe that the action they are taking violates the law. And I’m reviewing what my legal options are at this point,” Schroeder said. “I do believe that the sheriff has very broad discretion as to whether or not to issue a CCW, yet her claims that the law requires her to refuse to issue CCWS in most circumstances is simply false.”

This is a calculated move by Hutchens since she will be running for election and needs strong Republican support to win.

  14 comments for “Darth Vader loses his Concealed Lightsaber Permit

  1. RHackett
    March 20, 2009 at 4:57 pm

    What does Mike have to worry about?

    Who would want to beat him up?

  2. rlh
    March 20, 2009 at 5:45 pm

    The sheer poetic justice of this takes the breath away. Unfortunately, given Schroeder’s attack dog sleaziness, we can now expect a fair avalanche of dirty political tricks against Hutchens. I have no great brief for her one way or the other, but the stridency of the oppisition to her (see most of Steve Greenhut’s postings on the subject on the Register blog) point to a nasty, nasty time in store for all.

  3. Steve Perez
    March 20, 2009 at 6:43 pm

    Haha awesome picture, looks like he’s practicing for something!

  4. duplojohn
    March 20, 2009 at 8:59 pm

    What I am wondering is that if OC is so safe, why does Mike and his crony buddies need to carry a hidden weapon.

    These guys are pathetic wannabes.

  5. Phallic Envy
    March 20, 2009 at 10:52 pm

    Mr. Schroeder needs a permit to carry a concealed weapon for the very same reason he needs to drive a big Hummer.
    Any guesses?

  6. Thomas Anthony Gordon
    March 21, 2009 at 2:36 pm

    Mike has every right to carry concealed. Orange County is a very dangerous place, both himself and his wife are high profile Sheriff Hutchens just stepped in it.

  7. Northcountystorm
    March 21, 2009 at 3:13 pm

    I agree with Thomas. While it might not be as bad as some areas of the state, for many people and in many areas of the OC, it’s dangerous. While I usually enjoy the spectacle of a Republican food fight(and even with this, one can’t avoid a laugh), the Dark Lord should have the permit of his concealed Lightsaber back.

  8. March 21, 2009 at 7:05 pm

    You know, I find it hard to accept that people like Schroeder leave their gated communities and actually travel to or through the kinds of areas you guys describe. It seems to me that they are more accurately about the concept of “Be afraid, be very afraid” that we too often hear from people who want to get, keep and exercise power but can’t govern.

  9. duplojohn
    March 21, 2009 at 9:11 pm

    Thomas the right to bear arms, does not include concealed weapons.

    If I understand you correctly, you hint that he needs it to protect his wife? Come on. She’s a pencil pusher.

    Arla Vasquez, who does out reach in the Logan barrio does’nt carry a piece and she’s 5’2″.

  10. RHackett
    March 22, 2009 at 9:38 pm


    Dangerous to who? You’re joking, right?

  11. March 23, 2009 at 3:10 pm

    Mr.Gordon and NCS. This is not a second amendment issue. Mr. Schroeder is not restricted from owning a firearm. He is not restricted from using a firearm. He *is* restricted from carrying a concealed weapon, The Sherriff is following the law here. Unless Mr. Schroeder can show cause as to why he needs a 9MM pistol, there’s no reason for him to carry one. If having a concealed weapons permit is that important to Mr. Schroeder, might I suggest a move to Texas where he can legally bring one to chuch with him.

  12. TexasChem
    March 24, 2009 at 8:07 pm

    2nd Amendment: A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the People to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.

    It clearly states “keep and bear arms”
    That is very clear with intent. Posess and equip.

    • March 24, 2009 at 9:20 pm


      This isn’t a 2nd Amendment issue. Until the courts overturn the rights of states to regulate the ability of their residents to conceal and carry firearms, the law in California requires that an applicant demonstrate good cause. Being a former chair of the California GOP and an attorney doesn’t quite meet the standard of good cause.

  13. Northcountystorm
    March 26, 2009 at 6:40 pm

    With respect, the second amendment is involved to the extent the Supreme Court has now established that the second amendment is a personal right to bear arms. Heller also said that it can be regulated and concealed weapon permits are a legitimate form of regulation I’d submit. However the argument here is that Hutchins is attempting to change a “may issue” statute into a de facto “no issue” reality over a period of time by having restrictions that she is not required to impose but is imposing in exercising her discretion.

    Our neighbors Oregon, Nevada and Arizona all have forms of “shall issue” CCW laws and haven’t done too bad. Regulation shouldn’t mean restricting it to the extent that most law-abiding people who have legitimate need for a CCW are prohibited by a LA type permit process.

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