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Entries in ccw (16)

Tuesday
Mar192013

Marine Saves Life With CCW

I wish the media would report some good news instead of the crap that makes the air most nights.  The Marine Corps vet in Wisconsin had his CCW and saw an incident on his way to work.  A woman was being beaten and kicked on the ground and the vet intervened.  This is why CCWs are needed folks.

Btw, the vid is ripped from Live Leak and takes a few seconds to start rolling.

h/t ttag

Wednesday
Feb132013

Concealed Carry For All

In many "free states" concealed carry is a way of life, and places like Texas are considerably safer than Southern California.  As it currently stands, California is divided by counties for getting approval for a CCW.  So if you live in a tiny county in Northern California that is far away from the population, you can get a CCW provided you have a clean background.  In counties like Los Angeles and Orange, you have to provide a reason to get a CCW and even then it isn't very likely.  I've heard that owning your own business in which you transport a lot of cash or jewelry you might have a shot.  Regular law abiding tax paying citizen?  Not a chance.  There is a glimmer of hope that may help Californians others who live in oppressively controlled states.

The Firearms Coalition Policy has rallied over 20 states and others to bring a case to the Supreme Court.  This essence of this suit is that concealed carry applies to all who are eligible to own a firearm.  Check out this little snippet from their site:

Importantly, this case is the first to reach the U.S. Supreme Court and ask the Court to confirm that the right to bear arms must and does mean that all Americans who are not otherwise prohibited from possessing firearms must not be denied a license to carry, and that the only “good cause” one needs is the existence of the right to self defense itself. Such an outcome would force all states and local governments, including local sheriffs, who issue such licenses to be de facto “shall-issue” and non-arbitrary. This case – and its sister cases like Richards v. Prieto out of California (currently pending a decision at the Ninth Circuit) – is a key program component for restoring the Constitution.

Well, the wheels of government turn slowly and I don't expect a speedy outcome to this case.  On the flip side I genuinely think this could be a land mark case that helps restore rights to many across the country.  I'll keep you posted with more information as it comes along.  In the mean time vist FPC for you'd like to read all the court docs.

Tuesday
Sep182012

NRA vs. OC Sheriff For CCW Shall Issue

NRA and the CRPA are taking Orange County Sheriff to task for the lack of CCW issuance.  In most free states you can simply apply for a concealed weapon permit, pay Uncle Sam some cash, and take a class.  After that you are good to go!  In California (mainly OC, LA, and SF counties), you need to provide good cause for CCW permit.  Good cause usually means something like you own a business that deals in large amounts of cash that you have to transfer to the bank on your own.  Good cause does not include, personal protection for most people. Here some info on the law suit via NRA/CRPA and OC Sheriff.

September 13, 2012 – In response to continuing complaints from Orange County firearms owners and Second Amendment civil rights activists, attorneys for the National Rifle Association and the CRPA Foundation have filed a lawsuit against Orange County Sheriff Sandra Hutchens in U. S. District Court.

Orange County citizens should be able to exercise their fundamental right to bear arms, but they are precluded from doing so because they do not have what Sheriff Hutchens uniquely considers “good cause” for a license to carry a firearm in public.

The lawsuit seeks to compel her to issue those licenses, and asks the Court to enjoin Sheriff Hutchens from requiring license applicants to prove they have a special need, beyond the general need to defend themselves and their loved ones, for a license to carry before she will issue them one.

Just days after having filed the Complaint, plaintiffs filed a motion for preliminary injunction asking the Court to order Sheriff Hutchens to cease withholding permits. A copy of the Complaint and Motion for Preliminary Injunction is available here http://michellawyers.com/mckay-v-sheriff-hutchens/.

Calgunlaws.com News will keep everyone updated on the progress of this case. Subscribe to Calgunlaws.com e-bulletins to be kept informed.

I'll keep posted on the results, but I don't think this will be a quick decision.  H/T CRPA

Monday
May142012

Denied CCW Applicant Thwarts Home Invasion

Defending yourself in California is dramatically more difficult than the rest of the Union.  I know our state is only in the hole for about $16 billion, and why not turn down a little extra revenue for CCWs.  A CCW is a license to carry a concealed weapon.  A lot of places in the US simply "issue" these licenses to good law abiding citizens who take the class, pay the processing fees, and have a clean background.  Sure there are a few counties in CA that will issues them, but for those who live in liberal populated places like LA, OC, SF, etc. you can pretty much forget it.  The county will promptly take your money and then send  you a letter of denial.

A good citizen who resides in Antioch, CA was denied a CCW because he didn't have a "good cause."  In this great state, you must provide a legitimate reason, such as owning a business where you transport a lot of cash or jewelry, or you've been victim of a hate crime.  This fella in Antioch ended up saving his neighbor from a home invasion, and there was a murder that occurred with a stone's throw from his house.  Sounds like a pretty "good cause" if you ask me.  Read his story below courtesy of the Examiner:

My name is Justin Childers and I am a lifelong resident of the City of Antioch, California.  I was born here, raised here, and enjoyed living in this city until recently.  Lately, the level of violent crime in this city has grown exponentially, and has made this city less desirable to my family, friends and myself.

On the morning of April 24, 2012 I was the victim of an attempted home invasion robbery.  I was awoken at 5:15 a.m. to a loud bang, followed by yelling.  Seconds later, I received a phone call from my neighbor upstairs. She was in a panic and she told me that someone broke into the garage, and was trying to get into the house.  I immediately grabbed my flashlight and my handgun, and I ran upstairs wearing nothing but a t-shirt and boxer briefs.  As I reached the top of the stairs, I was met by my neighbor.  She told me that someone was in the garage, and he was still trying to force his way in.  I ran to the window on the side of the garage where I saw the intruder. I shined my light on him and took aim and instructed him to lie down on his stomach. He looked at me, realized that he was in my sights and had nowhere to run, and  he decided to comply.  As he lay down on the ground, I instructed him to put his hands behind his head, and interlock his fingers. Then I told him to cross his legs, and warned him not to move, or I would fire on him.  As he lay there, he began to tell me that he was running from someone who was trying to kill him, and was seeking safety inside.  At this time he started to take his hands off his head to try and plead with me to let him go.  I yelled at him again and said “Put your hands back on your head and don’t move or I will shoot you.” 

He said “O.K., O.K., don’t shoot.”

At this time the Antioch Police arrived and went through the house, and out into the garage.  I kept my weapon trained on him until the suspect was in custody.  After he was placed in handcuffs, I unloaded my weapon, and began speaking with the police outside.  The officers on scene said that my actions were heroic, and that I probably prevented something much worse from happening.  The suspect attempted to convince the police that it was me who had been trying to kill him before breaking in.  The police found a crack pipe in his pocket, and told me that the man had prior offences in Alameda County for similar crimes.

The irony is that on February 2, I finally had enough of the rampant crime that was spreading across my beloved hometown, and applied with the Antioch Police Department for a concealed weapons permit.  A few days later, on February 11, 2012, at 9:14 P.M., two people were shot  424 feet from my front door.  During my CCW interview with Detective Dean Pfeiffer, he informed me that Chief Allan Cantando simply does not issue CCW permits to citizens.  A few weeks later, on March 28, I received a letter of denial from Chief Allan Cantando, pertaining to my application for a Carry Concealed Weapons permit, citing that he believed that I did not demonstrate "good cause". 

I am a law-abiding and tax-paying citizen.  I included with my application a certified report from the court stating that I have no criminal record, and I followed protocol exactly.  I conducted research and went into the CCW process prepared, and cited both valid and legitimate reasons for needing a concealed carry permit, as recognized by the State of California.  I believe that Chief Cantando was prejudicial in my case, and denied my application automatically without review.

The Antioch Police Department is an invaluable asset to this city, and without doubt, does the best job possible with the resources they have available. The bottom line is that the police cannot be everywhere all of the time, and with the out-of-control crime in this city, every law-abiding citizen is faced with no other option that to take personal responsibility for their own safety and that of their loved ones.  As demonstrated in multiple U.S. Supreme Court rulings, the police have no duty to protect any one single individual, only the public in general.  I have been preparing for this exact scenario for years, and I possess the tools, training, and mental focus necessary to control the situation without the need to fire on the suspect unless faced with no other option.  Mine is a prime example of the reason why Antioch Chief of Police, Allan Cantando, needs to re-evaluate his policy of rejecting every application for concealed weapons permits that comes across his desk, and issue these permits if the applicants applying qualify as common, law-abiding citizens.

One might wonder whether or not Chief Cantando has a plan for protecting my family when the suspect who forced his way into my house is release on bail and possibly returns looking to retaliate.  He knows what I look like and where I live.  In Chief Cantando’s world, he leaves no way for me to defend myself outside of my home.

I urge the citizens of Antioch to petition the Chief of Police to change his policy before they end up becoming victims of the escalating level of violent crime in this city.    

h/t JTT

Tuesday
Jan312012

Debutante Hunters: Women Hunting Documentary

Women who hunt?  This might be one of the best short films to ever grace Sundance.  Most shorts are absolute terrible (think graphic coming of age tales), but Debutante Hunters was surprisingly interesting.  It is a twelve minute short, and you can watch the whole thing down below.  It is very cool to see family members hunting together and enjoying the game for dinner.  I'm not sure if these ladies are actually debutantes, but I am sure they have a ton of cash.  Lots of cooling hunting toys, nice rifles, and several thousand in taxidermy; living the dream!  Bonus points for pig socks :)

This doc was filmed in South Carolina.  Damn that is some beautiful country, and it looks like the game is plentiful too.  I did a little research and South Carolina is a shall issue CCW state, meaning if you have a clean record you can carry a concealed weapon.  SC also subscribes to Castle Doctrine which entitles you "the use of deadly force against intruders into one's home, business, or car." To put it in to perspective if someone breaks into your home in California and is not armed, YOU DO NOT HAVE THE RIGHT TO SHOOT THEM!  If you shoot them they can sue YOU!  I need to move to a free state...

Enjoy the doc and visit their official facebook page.