Even though gun rights advocates were rebuffed by a harsh federal court ruling this week allowing strict “may-issue” practices, at least one sheriff says her department is open for business.
Thursday, the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals held that the right of a member of the general public to carry a concealed firearm in public is not, and never has been, protected by the Second Amendment, and that sheriffs and police chiefs in California can continue to be as miserly as they want with issuing permits.
The case was a challenge to how some sheriffs interpret “good cause” for having a permit to extremes– in effect turning may-issue into “no-issue.”
Fresno County Sheriff Margaret Mims released a video statement to clarify this week’s decision by the courts will have no effect on how she grants permits.
“In Fresno County, ‘good cause’ is self-protection,” said Mims, who accepts a desire for self-defense as cause enough to want a permit. “And that should be the standard, in my opinion, across the state.”
Studies show that of the 70,000 or so concealed carry permits that were active last year, Fresno County had the most issued with over 7,647. Contrast this with San Fransisco County, which had 1 (one) issued by the sheriff in that jurisdiction.