LA Sheriff to increase concealed carry permits by 400% because of “current climate” of civil unrest

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LOS ANGELES COUNTY, CA – On Wednesday, The Washington Examiner reported that L.A. County Sheriff Alex Villanueva announced that he expects to begin increasing the number of concealed carry permits (CCW) by 400%.

According to FOXLA11, CCWs have traditionally been difficult to acquire in LA. Usually, only celebrities and individuals that prove they are high-profile targets could obtain a CCW.

Breitbart reported that Sheriff Villanueva plans on the increase due to the “current climate” of civil unrest and where unlawful protesters started police vehicles on fire, making LA County residents fear for their safety.

FOXLA11 reported:

“To qualify for a CCW, each applicant must demonstrate

(1) proof of good moral character,

(2) that good cause exists, and

(3) that the application is a resident of the county or a city within the county, or, that the applicant spends a substantial period of time in the applicant’s place of employment or business in the county or a city within the county.”

The applicant must also complete specific training requirements.

As stated in Bearing Arms:

“Self-defense isn’t seen as a legitimate reason in LA County. Neither is the fact that the Second Amendment states that the ‘right to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.’”

According to the Daily Bulletin Newspaper in 2016, there are over 220 active CCWs in LA County, out of a population of 10.2 million. Of those, only 50 to 60 are held by residents.

La Verne Resident, Keith Reeves, who is a university professor and ordained minister told the Daily Bulletin:

“It’s virtually impossible for the average person to get a permit.”

Reeves’ CCW application was denied because it lacked “good cause.”

Reeves’ “good cause” statement mentioned that he had fears for his daughter’s safety because she was threatened with bodily harm by a male while at the Azusa Pacific University Bookstore in 2014. Although, the male was arrested and expelled from campus because of the incident, Reeves still believed the male was a potential threat to his daughter.

Even if LA County Sheriff Alex Villanueva increased the approvals for CCWs applicants like Reeves still are likely to not get approval for a CCW in LA County.

Bearing Arms stated:

“If the sheriff is serious about reforming the concealed carry licensing in his office, the answer is simple: drop the good cause requirement and move to a shall-issue system.”

The pledge the sheriff made Wednesday is more like a political “two-step” than and actual movement forward for Second Amendment rights of gun owners.

Here’s more on the current situation in Los Angeles.

As with many other large cities where crime is running out of control and murders are up, the city of Los Angeles is also looking to cave to the mob, seeking to trim $150 million from the police department budget.

In order to do so, two analysts said the department should scale back hiring, according to the Los Angeles TimesThat however is not enough for the mob, let by Black Lives Matter-LA. 

According to Chief Legislative Analyst Sharon Tso and City Administrative Officer Richard Llewellyn, the department would need to reduce its force to under 10,000 officers by the end of next year.

This would be a change in direction for leaders in the city, who have pushed long and hard to keep manpower at or above 10,000 officers.

Such a cutback in the budget would result in a cut in overtime spending for the coming year, at a time when the department is being stretched thin due to ongoing sometimes violent protests in the city.

The analysts said that operational changes would be needed in order to avoid what is referred to as “overtime banking,” where officers work overtime but do not get compensated for those hours until later years. Kind of like pensions—kick the can down the road and let someone else deal with it.

It is believed that layoffs could be avoided, and the numbers would go below 10,000 officers based on attrition. The hope is to divert some of the police department spending and direct the savings into other services. The analysts also suggested cuts to technology, replacement vehicles, and other expense accounts.

Black Lives Matter has been pushing for funding cuts to police departments across the country, cuts that would play into the BLM playbook of fundamentally changing how law enforcement responds to crime, and of course having less police officers to deal with crime on the streets.

In Los Angeles, that group as well as other so-called “grass roots” groups and labor unions have been pushing to have money diverted from policing to other needs. The claim is that certain duties handled by police officers would be better handled by other agencies.

One councilman who represents coastal neighborhoods has expressed his support of halting hiring, which would reduce the size of the department as officers either retire or resign. Mike Bonin said that this move should be in place until the city’s financial crisis is over.

“We are already forcing a hiring freeze on other departments,” Bonin said in a statement. “We cannot keep cutting core city services while growing the department that is the largest segment of the budget.”

The president of the union that represents the rank and file of the LAPD denounced the proposal as “irresponsible.”

Craig Lally said that council members “need to explain to the public how fewer officers, longer emergency response times, and exploding costs are in the best interest of Angelenos.”

Lally said that the proposal “will lead to longer response times to emergencies, eliminate dozens of daily patrol areas across the city and increase the city’s unfunded liability for overtime by over $50,000,000,” he said in a statement.

Councilman Joe Buscaino was also unhappy with the proposed cuts, saying that “real police reform” would be better served by expanding community policing, not slashing overtime.

“Instead of nickel-and-diming public safety to address under-investment into communities of color, we should put on the ballot a serious proposal to raise billions,” said Buscaino, whose district covers Watts and San Pedro.

Black Lives Matter-L.A. and other groups have been trying to convince council members to pass something called the “People’s Budget” [how very Communist sounding of them], which is an alternative plan that would reduce funding for the LAPD by 90%–a much more significant cut than the $150 million suggested by city leaders.

Let’s see…cut the police budget by 90%…what could possibly be the ulterior motive for that? Ah yes, anarchy.

The “People’s Budget” would redirect “savings” from the police budget into housing, healthcare, and other public services, such as mental health counselors and gang intervention specialists.

BLM-LA co-founder Melina Abdullah said earlier this month that “150 million looks big, until you realize it still leaves the LAPD with 51% of the city’s unrestricted revenues.”

“City Council and Mayor Garcetti need to know that we’re fighting for truly transformative change here and won’t be bought off with just this minimal amount of money.”

The BLM activists presented their proposed budget to the 15 council members last Monday during a two-hour session at City Hall. One councilwoman, Nury Martinez who had proposed cutting the budget by $150 million thought the proposal to gut the police budget was the best thing since sliced bread. “This is exactly how you reimagine neighborhoods.”

It’s also how you put neighborhoods in the sewer. For reference, see the autonomous zone of CHAZ or CHOP up in Seattle.

The police union, the Los Angeles Police Protective League is sharply criticizing Martinez over the proposed cuts, notifying voters in the San Fernando Valley district she represents that the proposed reductions would increase police response times to emergencies.  

The proposal to even just cut $150 million represents a sea change since the George Floyd death last month. In April, Garcetti had proposed a 7% increase to the LAPD budget, which was sparked in part by raises and bonuses due the officers, with cuts of 10% being proposed by other city employees.

The opposition to the increase was criticized, however since Floyd’s death, the call to sharply reduce budgets not only in Los Angeles but in large cities across the country has increased.

Like a typical politician, Garcetti stuck his finger in the air, saw which way the political winds were blowing, and joined calls for the $150 million cut. Los Angeles Police Chief Michael Moore said that any budget increase of the magnitude proposed would likely result in staffing cuts.

So, the liberal, radical approach is—increase in crime, decrease in police. It makes a lot of sense. In LA LA land.


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