(Victorville, CA)- After reviewing the 9th Federal Circuit Court of Appeals ruling regarding Concealed Carry Gun Permits in San Diego County, San Bernardino County retired deputy/ sheriff’s investigator released the following statement:
“San Bernardino County is known as one of most corrupt counties in California in which to obtain a license to carry a concealed weapon (CCW) usually require a citizen to be well connected and donates to campaigns and be a supporter of those well connected and in power. Of the 2 million plus residents currently residing in San Bernardino County, maybe a couple of hundred individuals have been issued a CCW permit. I understand the need for caution when allowing civilian residents to legally carry firearms in public. I view the issuance of a CCW as a privilege that if abused can be taken away. However, as a strong supporter of the Second Amendment I also believe in a person’s right to defend themselves, their families and their homes from possible threats; if it is done in a responsible manner. As Sheriff, I will follow all applicable state and federal laws and court rulings as they pertain to the issuance of CCW permits. When elected Sheriff, I will ensure that every CCW request is evaluated on an objective and individual basis without favoritism. If the applicant meets the legal requirements and conditions required under the law, I will ensure that the application is duly processed. In addition, should the request be denied, I will issue a written statement to the applicant explaining why the application was denied.” The application process will include an appeal procedure.
In accordance with the law, each citizen who applies for a Concealed Carry Weapons Permit in San Bernardino County for the purpose of self-defense will still undergo an objective and fairly applied Court and County-Sanctioned application process including background checks, department interviews, firearm qualifications, education training, and a mental health evaluation.