Skip to comments.Stanislaus County sheriff signs pledge to make gun permits easier(CA)(poll)
Posted on 04/15/2010 5:13:48 AM PDT by marktwain
People with a clean record who want to carry a gun will have a much better chance at snagging a concealed weapon permit, Sheriff Adam Christianson said Monday, drawing thunderous applause from firearms advocates.
The stunning change in policy comes as Christianson prepares to lay off dozens of deputies because of budget cuts. He has released 300 inmates to comply with new state rules.
The sheriff, who is running for re-election on the June 8 ballot, stood grim-faced during a 12-minute introduction at Monday's public meeting of the Madison Society, whose leaders have criticized Christianson for being stingy with gun permits. He had told them -- and The Bee as recently as two weeks ago -- that he would not sign a pledge accepting self-protection as "good cause" for licensing. Given the stage Monday, Christianson shocked a standing-room-only audience of more than 100 by immediately signing the pledge with a flourish.
"I'm not going to infringe upon your right to protect yourselves," the sheriff said. "You are more likely to get a gun permit when you apply for one."
The pledge reads, in part: "As sheriff, self-protection shall always constitute good cause for the issuance of a permit to carry a concealed wea-pon as that term is defined in (the) California Penal Code."
During a question-answer session, many audience members said Christianson had denied their applications. But they seemed reluctant to grill a sheriff who had just signed the pledge.
Christianson encouraged many to reapply, providing his personal phone number to several former rejects.
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I’m more likely to vote for him now 278 48%
I’m less likely to vote for him now 84 15%
I like the decision, but it won’t affect my vote 174 30%
I dislike the decision, but it won’t affect my vote 39 7%
Total Votes: 575
Im more likely to vote for him now 298