San Diego Sheriff Bill Gore is up for re-election. In the run up to that blessed event, Sheriff Gore is facing mounting criticism for his department’s extreme reluctance to issue concealed carry permits to law-abiding citizens. Gore’s playing the unrepentant, don’t-blame-it-on-me, steady-as-she-goes, no-gun-for-you-bub card. “Gore says that would require a change in the state law,” signonsandiego.com reports. “Under existing law, he said his department requires someone to prove that they are ‘a specific target in contrast to a random target’ that distinguishes the person from the general population.” Like . . . being female? Homosexual? A non-criminal living in a high crime neighborhood? No, no and definitely no. So, what then?
That can mean a documented personal threat, or proof that the nature of one’s business inherently makes it a target, such as a jewelry story.
Gore reckons the National Rifle Association’s behind the anti anti-concealed permit campaign. Not fair! The permitting process is none of his business, really. And he’s such a Second Amendment kinda guy. Or so his latest statement says.
When Sheriff Kolender was elected in 1994, he delegated issuing authority for concealed weapons permits to the Sheriff’s Licensing Bureau so neither he nor the Undersheriff was involved in the issuance of such permits. I have continued Sheriff Kolender’s policy. I am not personally involved in the permitting decisions, nor should I be. I am not personally involved in the permitting decisions, nor should I be. . . I personally support the 2nd Amendment, and support issuance of such permits consistent with California state law.
And I personally support having Ben & Jerry’s Turtle Soup ice cream every day, consistent with my diet’s prohibition against eating ice cream.