Press release from Paul Tanaka, candidate for Sherrif:
(Gardena, CA)- In light of the 9th Federal Circuit Court of Appeals ruling regarding Concealed Carry Permits in San Diego County, former Undersheriff Paul Tanaka released the following statement:
“Los Angeles County is known as one of most difficult counties in California in which to obtain a license to carry a concealed weapon (CCW). Of the 10 million residents currently residing in Los Angeles County, only a few hundred individuals have been issued a CCW permit. I understand the need for caution when allowing civilian residents to legally carry firearms in public . . .
However, as a strong supporter of the Second Amendment I also believe in a person’s right to defend themselves, their families and their homes from possible threats; if it is done in a responsible manner.
As Sheriff, I will follow all applicable state and federal laws and court rulings as they pertain to the issuance of CCW permits. When elected Sheriff, I will ensure that every CCW request is evaluated on an objective and individual basis without favoritism.
If the applicant meets the legal requirements and conditions required under the law, I will ensure that the application is duly processed. In addition, should the request be denied, the department will issue a written statement to the applicant explaining why the application was denied.”
In accordance with the law, each citizen who applies for a Concealed Carry Weapons Permit in Los Angeles County for the purpose of self-defense will still undergo a county-sanctioned application process including background checks, department interviews, firearm qualifications, education training and a mental health evaluation.
“Allowing good and legally qualified citizens to possess a CCW Permit is a reasonable step for Los Angeles and the State of California,” said Mendocino County Sheriff Tom Allman. “Paul Tanaka understands the importance of empowering citizens to legally defend themselves but also knows that anyone requesting a CCW permit must complete all required training and background checks prior to issuance.”
“As the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals illustrated, the issuance of Concealed Carry Permits throughout California is not an issue of a privilege but of a right,” said Inyo County Sheriff William Lutze. “It is irresponsible of us to force residents to prove they are entitled to a right that was granted to them under the Constitution. I support Paul Tanaka and his efforts to abide by the laws and guidelines of the United States and California State Constitutions.”
[h/t Daniel Silverman]