Sheriff Hutchens Has Blood on Her Hands for Destroying the Training Ethic

Tragic multiple victim shootings like the one yesterday in Seal Beach, now the worst in Orange County history, are not stopped by police.  If they are stopped at all, they are stopped by armed private citizens.

Were Hutchens not so restrictive in issuing concealed carry permits, would there have been someone nearby carrying a pistol?  Possibly, though with the extreme heat we had yesterday, that person would likely be wearing a Hawaiian shirt, or carrying openly.

Many businesses have a gun on site for protection.  No permit is needed for business owners to protect themselves in this way.  There is a high probability that nearby shopkeepers would have been able to bring guns to this “fight” in time to save at least a life or two.    Able yes, but would they?

Having the gun is not the same as having the will to use it, especially in third party rescue.  That requires training, practice, advance visualization and reflection, and perhaps a little estate planning to remove deadly hesitation over concern you may leave your own family without a provider.

Before Hutchens took office, concealed carry classes were full, frequent, and there was great and widespread enthusiasm about firearms training.  Since she recalled/revoked most of the existing permits, training has been in sharp decline locally, despite a continued upward trend in the rest of the country.

Firearms skills are perishable.  Americans will again be a people trained to bearing arms, only if the Second Amendment is made personally relevant to them.  Hunting is history, so the only way back to this training ethic is for the 21st century American to regain the right to carry a handgun regularly and in public.

Sheriff Hutchens has blood on her hands for destroying the training ethic in Orange County.

Professor John Lott to speak at SAFEOC.ORG fundraiser for Bill Hunt for Sheriff

Email from SAFEOC.ORG:


Dear Supporter of Concealed Carry,


SAFE OC Political Action Committee is pleased to announce its upcoming event, "An Evening With John R. Lott, Ph.D.," on November 4th at the Pacific Club in Newport Beach.


Dr. Lott is Senior Research Scientist at the University of Maryland, College Park, and is the author of "More Guns, Less Crime," "The Bias Against Guns," and "Freedomnomics."  His research demonstrates that states that enact "shall issue" concealed carry laws experience a decrease in violent crime and consequently an increase in public safety.


The evening will include a cocktail reception beginning at 6:30 p.m., followed by dinner at 7:30 p.m., including a presentation by Dr. Lott on his research into the relationship between CCW and public safety.  Proceeds from the event will go to support SAFE OC's effort to elect a pro-CCW Sheriff of Orange County.


Bill Hunt, former Chief of Police for San Clemente and candidate for Sheriff in 2010, will attend the event as well.  Mr. Hunt has publicly pledged to restore liberal CCW issuance if elected, and SAFE OC has endorsed Mr. Hunt unanimously.


With appointed sheriff Hutchens aggressively fundraising and garnering some endorsements from leading elected officials, it is time for pro-CCW citizens to rally and strike back.  If you are a current or former CCW holder, you invested hundreds if not thousands of dollars to obtain your CCW — won't you consider investing an equal amount to preserve your rights?


Don't miss this exciting event and the chance to support a Sheriff who will respect your right to personal safety and our Orange County values of freedom and trust between law enforcement and citizenry.


Hope to see you on November 4!



Bill Hunt Clearly Supports Second Amendment Including CCW

You can't get any clearer than this.  Get behind him now.

Sheriff's candidates discuss concealed weapons policy at Rancho forum | hutchens, margarita, law, sheriff, rancho – News –

Hunt has criticized Hutchens’ policies as being too restrictive. "I believe that your constitutional rights should be protected," Hunt said to the crowd of between 60 to 80 people. "My policy will be if you apply and are not prohibited by law from having a CCW, I'll give it to you."

Jack Anderson Email Claims Concealed Carry is NOT Protected by Second Amendment

I remember Jack Anderson at April's GOP Central Committee meeting, trying to block the resolution opposing Hutchens' ccw policy.  I remember him flying off the handle when someone suggested his role at the meeting was inappropriate given his status with OCSD.

In the excerpt of his email below, forwarded to Central Committee members, Jack Anderson indicates he does not believe concealed carry is protected by the Second Amendment right to bear ams, and furthermore he does not even seem to allow for reasonable good cause analysis taking into account the excellent experience we have had with RTC spreading nationally over the last several decades:


I have heard supporters of the ill thought out resolution argue that our Central Committee needs to return to the core Republican platform which includes supporting any attempts to infringe upon the right to bear arms. Sheriff Hutchens has repeatedly stated that she supports the 2nd Amendment, she is not taking anyone’s gun away, she is merely insuring CCW licenses are issued in accordance with the law. I’ve heard the argument that the right to bear arms includes to bear arms concealed anywhere and that California should be a “right to carry concealed” state like some 38 other states in the nation. Only our legislators in Sacramento can make that happen, the State’s 58 county Sheriffs and over 400 Chiefs of Police don’t make the law but we expect them to follow the law.

Hutchens’ Facebook Page Carries Jack Anderson’s Departure Notice

Does Anderson actually think he will have support from real American supporters of the Second Amendment?

After over 23 years of proud service to the Orange County community, I will be leaving the Orange County Sheriff’s Department in mid-September 2009.  It has been my privilege and my honor to have served among some of the finest people in the profession during my tenure.  I wish to thank all of you who make up this great organization and the other members of the County’s service community who have been supportive of both me and the department.  You all have my admiration for the good you do daily in making Orange County a better and safer community.

CCW is issue #1 @

Logically, the statement below might suffice since the majority of CA counties are close to being "Right-To-Carry" or "shall-issue," and obviously such broad issue for "personal protection" should not be considered violative of "state mandated requirements."

However, some would complain the candidate's written platform is not clear enough as to what those "state mandated requirements" are, noting that Hutchens interprets the good cause requirement as implicitly involving some sort of elevated risk not usually found in the population.  Is elevated risk a state-mandated requirement?  It would help if the candidate would answer that with a resounding NO.

It would be great if he would simply endorse "personal protection" or at least "self protection" as good cause, but I might accept something along the lines of a statement that good cause must be applied as if it's 2010 and not still the 1970's, taking into account the good effect of shall-issue laws spreading to 32 states over the last several decades, none of which have been repealed, and the good experience of 40 Right-To-Carry states which freely issue permits or otherwise allow concealed. In other words, a statement that in light of all this, he would issue reasonably and not in the arbitrary and capricious manner of the Kelly-girl temporarily occupying the office.

I believe he came pretty close to this at the recent fundraiser.  Having something more definitive in the written platform would help.

Issues | Bill Hunt for Sheriff.

Protecting Our Rights… I will issue concealed weapons permits (CCW) to any applicant who is a law abiding resident of the county, meets state mandated requirements and is not prohibited by law from possessing a firearm. There have been less than 1200 issued CCW’s in a county of 3 million. The majority have been given to reserve police officers, judges, prosecutors and to reward political supporters. I will depoliticize the process and establish an annual audit to review each application to ensure the process is unbiased, non-political and equitable.

911 Recording of Me Drawing Pistol Defensively in Orange County

Dialing 911-1911: Defensive Gun Use under CCW Permit in Orange County.

The images you see at left and below are taken from the blog of a gentleman I met on February 20, 2009, in the parking lot outside my office. The circumstances of our meeting are largely captured by the 911 recording (via Bluetooth EARPIECE!) you can hear by turning up your speakers and refreshing this page. I made the call to 911 as I approached to help someone I thought was having a seizure. I did not realize this student from an upstairs university had put the whole building in lockdown.

You can hear him admitting insanity, then (abruptly rising to his feet) shouting "IF I SEE F***S ON THE STREET I'M GONNA KILL 'EM!" I was the only one on the street, about 6 to 8 feet away when the large man uttered the word "kill" – one second later, my weapon was out (low ready, not pointed in) and I was shouting "STOP RIGHT THERE! STOP RIGHT THERE!" as I backed up. He kept coming toward me even as I withdrew, until I quit talking to 911 and stood my ground briefly with more aggressive stance and demeanor (weapon still at low ready). Many witnesses watched from above including several, ironically, from the conference room six floors up where I would teach a concealed carry class the following morning.

Lawyer Draws Pistol to Prevent Violent Attack in Laguna Hills

LawNews.TV | Legal News: Estate Planning & Second Amendment.

If the volume is up on your speakers, you are now listening to an actual 911 call made by me at 4:33 p.m. on February 20, 2009, as I arrived at my office building. Unbeknownst to me, the building was in lockdown, and many eyes watched from upstairs (including, ironically, from the conference room where I would teach my monthly concealed carry class the next morning). Those eyes watched in horror as I approached to help a man I thought was having a seizure. For the first time in over five years of carrying concealed, I had to draw my weapon in self-defense. (Yes, like many I received notice of revocation from Orange County Sheriff Sandra Hutchens, but the license was fortunately still in effect.) Drawing to the low ready enabled me to withdraw from the situation unharmed. Thank God I did not have to shoot (which is probably why this was never reported). The facts here were fairly unique: Total stranger, appearing (SOLELY from the myspace page I later found) to be a Muslim with extreme political views, rails against Bush and the US; throws chairs and pushes guard while disturbing the peace at a university occupying a floor in the building; bashes his own head against a sign in the parking lot I pulled into just in time to see him having what I thought was a seizure. (I honestly wish him well; it's clear%

Sheriff Hutchens’ ‘loaded’ gun policy: Arbitrary & Capricious & Beyond Reason

Sheriff Hutchens' 'loaded' gun policy | ccw, sheriff, permit, county, permits – Opinion –

The good-cause requirements of California law do not require a more restrictive good-cause policy, and the CCW permits improperly issued by Sheriff Carona for political purposes account for very few CCW permits. The sheriff is supposed to exercise her discretion in defining good cause. The restrictive policies that Hutchens prefers reflect her own personal political philosophy, not the law. If she makes CCW permit issuance in Orange County more like Los Angeles, then we will return to a restrictive policy where very few ordinary citizens have concealed weapons. Therefore, if you need a CCW permit, then it will be more important, not less important, to be politically influential.