Thank you for your mostly fair and balanced article on carrying concealed weapons. Yes, many otherwise law-abiding citizens commit that misdemeanor every day because of the restrictive application of the gun permit law in Los Angeles.
I was one of those alluded to in the article, who, when I lived in another county, received a CCW permit from the sheriff after I underwent a background check and demonstrated a reasonable familiarity with firearms.
Unfortunately, your article did not address people like myself when it mentioned, for instance, Kern County, where last year 3,943 CCW permits were issued. My question is, "Yeah, so what about it?" Are those 3,943 legal gun carriers causing any problems? Are they whipping out their pistols and playing cowboy or Rambo? Were they the freeway shooters? No.
The same issue was brought up a couple years ago when The Times reported that, in a small incorporated area in Los Angeles County, the local police chief was issuing CCW permits "to his political cronies." Were those citizens causing any trouble, any problems at all, by being legally armed?