Two days ago, an Ohio judge told local residents to arm themselves in response to cop cuts. Our own Donal Fagan warned TTAG readers to take his ballistic exhortation with a shaker of salt. (Some people think that there’s a tax grab to blame.) Now the Modesto Bee is all abuzz about Stanislaus County Sheriff Adam Christianson’s sudden pro-gun self-defense stance. More specifically, his decision to sign a Madison Society pledge promising to make it easier for applicants to receive a license for concealed carry gun permits. In fact, he “shocked a standing-room-only audience of more than 100 by immediately signing the pledge with a flourish. ‘I’m not going to infringe upon your right to protect yourselves,’ the sheriff said. ‘You are more likely to get a gun permit when you apply for one.'” Than before, obviously. When self-protection in and of itself wasn’t sufficient cause to cause the Sheriff to issue a concealed carry permit. The pledge reads, in part . . .
“As sheriff, self-protection shall always constitute good cause for the issuance of a permit to carry a concealed weapon as that term is defined in (the) California Penal Code.”
So that’s it. In a stroke, Christianson has turned Modesto into a “may issue” into a “shall issue” locale—and defused the controversy surrounding his one rule for City Councilmen, one rule for everyone else (as explored in the TTAG editorial The Case Against Handgun Licensing Procedures).
Johnny Law justified his sudden volte-face by bemoaning budget cuts. “I’m laying off deputies, and we’ve got more bad guys; you won’t have a problem.”
Did someone just press the Easy Button? Oh, and did I mention that the Sheriff is up for re-election? As are most all Sheriffs, eventually. Still you gotta admit: it’s a hell of a way for a law enforcement officer to turn reduced protection into a political plus. To wit:
“He’s right — there are not enough deputies out there,” said Bob Winston, a Modesto attorney. “What does law enforcement do? They come after the fact and try to clean up the mess, which doesn’t help the poor victim lying in a pool of blood. You’re on your own.”