Orange County Sheriff Revokes Concealed Weapons Permits
An article in the Oct. 9, 2008 issue of The Orange County (California) Register reports that the Orange County Sheriff's Department has begun the process of revoking hundreds of concealed weapon permits across Orange County.
The Register said, "This week, department officials confirmed that 146 letters have been sent out advising current license holders that their permits to carry firearms in public called CCWs are being revoked. There are currently 1,024 permit holders."
"The Department has determined that your identified risk does not meet the good-cause threshold as required under the new CCW policy based upon the information you provided. As a result of this determination, the Department's present intention is to revoke your CCW license," reads the form letter sent out this month.
This week, county supervisors grilled Sheriff Sandra Hutchens during her 120-day update on the reorganization of the agency about the status of the concealed weapons review. Hutchens acknowledged to supervisors that she had indeed tightened requirements for the permits.
Many of the current revocations listed their reason for having a concealed gun as "avid shooter." That no longer qualifies under Hutchen's new standards. Under state law, a Sheriff has discretion to issue concealed weapons permits.