Still Retains Restrictive Policy
By Harold Hutchison
Despite a court ruling that struck down its restrictive policy on issuing concealed-carry permits, San Diego County is still requiring “good cause” for the permits.
According to a report by Breitbart News, San Diego County Sheriff Bill Gore announced that the requirement would still be in place, but that applications that didn’t show it would be placed in limbo as appeals kept going. Last week in Orange County, the sheriff announced that the “good cause” requirement would be lifted due to the ruling from the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.
Other counties in California have been acting since the court ruling. Ventura County followed the lead of Orange County in dropping the “good cause” requirement, while Los Angeles County is still using that requirement.
California is one of only a few state that still permit those offices with authority to issue concealed carry permits to arbitrarily decide whether or not to issue concealed carry permits. Six other states maintain restrictive policies including Hawaii, Rhode Island, Maryland, New Jersey, Massachusetts, and New York, along with the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico and the territory of Guam. Delaware and Connecticut, while also considered “may issue” states, have been “shall issue” in practice. The District of Colombia, American Samoa, Northern Mariana Islands, and the U.S. Virgin Islands are considered “no issue” jurisdictions.
Should the Supreme Court settle this issue?