About seven years ago, when appointed Sheriff Hutchens disappointed us with her anti-CCW policy shift, i asked her at a small gathering where she seemed very friendly/warm/nice, whether restricting CCW would put us at risk of a Mumbai-type attack. She responded, “Orange County is not Mumbai.” (And of course she also said “I support the Second Amendment” etc.). About a year later took my permit (along with about 800 others). Then a couple years later we had a mass shooting in Seal Beach. And of course, last week in San Bernardino we had the largest terror attack in the US since 9/11.
Sheriff Hutchens, if #OC is not Mumbai, might it be Seal Beach or San Bernardino?
Some of us at long last have permits again but it is uncertain whether she will renew these or what cause requirement she will use when it is time to renew. It does seem she is resisting the change and is only dragged into issuing now due to NRA pressure and the Peruta-type cases. As of my last interview with them (i am very direct) it was clear to me that the top brass at OCSD is still decidedly anti-CCW. Yet they issue because of pressure and hopefully the pressure will continue (thanks NRA, and thank you Charles E. Nichols for an alternate strategy that may work out better). Sheriffs generally are more friendly to CCW than politically appointed police chiefs, but even they have had to be brought up the learning curve over several decades. Hutchens is an appointed sheriff from LA and therefore starts at a lower point on the curve but eventually she will understand as well, i hope.
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David R. Duringer, JD, LL.M, is a concealed firearm instructor and tax lawyer specializing in business and estate planning. He is managing shareholder at Protective Law Corporation, headquartered in Laguna Hills, primarily serving Orange County and Southern California with a satellite office located in Coronado (San Diego County).
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