L.A. City attorney Mike Feuer and LAPD chief Charlie Beck took to the pages of the L.A. Times to whine about the National Concealed Carry Reciprocity bills working their way though Congress. The poor little dears. They’re about to lose one of the perks of office: Deciding who is and who isn’t allowed to defend their lives. Heaven forbid that the riff raff should suffer under the delusion that their lives matter!
But, could whiney Mike and Charlie have a point? If they do, then why tell lies to support their case? Shouldn’t a good case be able to stand on its merits and embrace the truth? When whiney Mike and Charlie claim that loose gun laws in other States allow felons to carry concealed guns, they’re lying. It’s always illegal for felons to possess firearms. This is a matter of Federal law. So why did whiney Mike and Charlie need to lie?
In most of California, concealed carry permits are fairly easy to get. California is a “may issue” State, but most counties operate under rules that are closer to “shall issue”. For those who don’t know, the latter means that a permit must be issued to someone if the authorities cannot find a reason not to do so. May issue means that issuance is entirely subjective; the sheriff or police department can issue to whomever they please. In counties like Los Angeles, that means friends of politicians, big donors, and celebrities. Not you, in other words! And if you’re visiting from another State, your permit isn’t valid here. Surprise! Your rights didn’t cross the State line with you.
National CCW reciprocity changes that. Your rights will apply here just as they do in your home State. It’s no different than your driver’s license. Furthermore, and this is what really has whiney Mike and Charlie’s panties in a wad, mere commoners from California would be able to get non-resident permits from others States that would be valid here. This is deliberate. Congressmen from other States want to see Californians’ rights restored. No longer would self defense be a privilege for the well-to-do.
What Feuer and Beck fail to mention is that California’s powers that be brought this upon themselves. Their years of abusing the may issue system were tolerated by the courts because open carry was always an option. (Albeit, a very weird version of open carry!) Now open carry is illegal. That leaves no option for using a gun for self defense outside of the home. That’s not constitutional.
National Concealed Carry Reciprocity will put and end to the abuses Californians have suffered under politicians like Feuer and Beck. It will make us all equal in the eyes of the law. Whiney Mike and Charlie don’t want that to happen. They benefit too much from a system that allows them to dispense permits only to those who can help their political careers.
No wonder they lied.