Sacramento Sheriff Changes Handgun Permit Policy, Authorizing Self-Defense As A Valid Reason For Issuance
November 3, 2010 by Personal Liberty News Desk
Sacramento County Sheriff John McGinness has modified his handgun carry permitting policy, prompting two Second Amendment advocacy groups to drop their lawsuit against the county and its top law enforcement official.
The Second Amendment Foundation (SAF) and the Calguns Foundation dismissed their case after McGinness changed the law to state that self-defense is a valid reason to issue a gun carry permit. The organizations will, however, continue their legal battle against Yolo County and its sheriff in an attempt to change their policy.
"The Second Amendment Foundation will continue working with the Calguns Foundation and keep funding attorney Alan Gura's lawsuits in California until everyone's firearms civil rights are fully protected," added SAF founder Alan Gottlieb.
McGinness is retiring at the end of the year, but both candidates vying for his position have publicly stated that self-defense is a compelling reason for issuing permits.
According to The Carmi Times, a big crowd gathered at an Illinois VFW hall recently to discuss their rights to carry a concealed firearm. Illinois is the only state in the Union that denies its citizens the right to carry a gun.
The news provider reports that only sworn law enforcement, certain security and detective personnel, as well as certain citizens making large bank deposits, are legally allowed to carry a firearm in Illinois.