UPDATE: Which Neighbors Have Concealed Weapons Permits?

San Mateo County, similar to the state of Florida, allows residents to apply for a concealed weapons permit for “good cause.”

To Our Readers:

We've decided to remove from four Patch websites a part of an article published on Friday that detailed information about owners of concealed weapons in Redwood City, Menlo Park, Half Moon Bay and Pacifica.

The initial decision to publish this article was not an easy one for us. The subsequent decision to remove the names of the San Mateo County residents who possess a concealed weapons permit is also difficult. However, after much thought and discussion among our editorial team, we decided that we did not have a compelling reason to publish the names even though they are a matter of public record. 

Clearly, the article hit some nerves. The discussion about guns and gun ownership in this country is intense. We saw that intensity in the comments.

An essential part of Patch is to have a civil discussion about many issues that affect us. Unfortunately, many of the comments we received regarding this article were less than civil, and bordered on vitriolic.We always welcome good, constructive comments.

Contentious issues within our communities need to be discussed, but that public forum of thoughts and ideas can only be constructive if certain standards are maintained.

Highly negative, inflammatory comments violate our Patch terms of service, and need to be deleted from our article's comment stream as such. Personal attacks, and personal threats, cannot be tolerated for any number of reasons, and will also be removed. That's why we had to remove several threatening comments that came to us after publication of the article.

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In light of an alleged self-defense killing of 17-year-old unarmed Trayvon Martin by neighborhood watch captain George Zimmerman, Florida’s concealed weapons laws have been thrust into the spotlight. Most residents can obtain concealed weapons permits, according to state law.

California residents, in contrast, must contact their local police department or county Sheriff’s Office, as rules differ by region. San Mateo County residents may obtain Concealed Weapons permits (CCP), which allow them to legally to carry a loaded "a pistol, revolver, or other firearm capable of being concealed on the person.”

The state’s FAQ website offers more information, such as eligibility requirements to obtain a permit.  

San Mateo County has developed a uniform application form for the various policing jurisdictions within the county. This application must be filled out and submitted, along with the fee for service. The application must include a written explanation regarding the need to carry a concealed weapon.

The application will be reviewed during a personal interview with Support Services' staff at the time of submittal to discuss the need for the license, criminal history and consequences of carrying a concealed weapon.

Following the interview, an appointment for fingerprint submission will be obtained. An additional fee will be collected by the technician to pay for the processing of the print cards by the State of California, as part of the background investigation. This may take six to eight weeks to process.

The applicant must also complete a course training between 16 to 24 hours.

The following people in Menlo Park have a concealed gun permit:


Name (removed)  occupation   issue date   expiration date Venture Capital 5/30/2010 5/30/2012 Homeland Security Officer  4/17/2010 4/17/2012 Chancellor  5/18/2011 5/18/2013
Dentist  1/26/2011 1/26/2013 Security Consultant 7/12/2010 7/12/2012 Physician  10/18/2010 10/18/2012 Security Manager 6/1/2010 6/1/2012


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Gregory March 31, 2012 at 02:57 AM
Who cares? It's legal.
Chris March 31, 2012 at 04:18 AM
Still living on Cuneo Dr. Miss Castaneda?
ScoutDork March 31, 2012 at 04:53 AM
There are 16,167 licensed to carry in Seminole County, which includes Sanford. Some people believe that they know how every-one should live. Liberty or Death
Rob March 31, 2012 at 11:55 AM
If you have any questions about the CWP law or training contact www.e2c.us or 1-866-371-6111 and the Instructors at Equip 2 Conceal will be happy to help you
Yes I am Mad March 31, 2012 at 02:13 PM
Are you serious? For which fabricated reason would you post personal information of people who wish to CONCEAL their lawfully permitted status to have a better method to defend the lives of themselves and their loved ones?
Gregory March 31, 2012 at 06:49 PM
Gun owners shouldn't feel the need to hide.
SantaClaran March 31, 2012 at 08:47 PM
Rather than try to ignite a fear campaign against the few law-abiding citizens who went to great lengths and were fortunate enough to legally obtain a concealed carry permit in California, you'd be better served focusing your concern on the thousands of individuals in the Bay Area who illegally carry concealed firearms with no public record of them doing so, many of whom are convicted felons and have no right to even own a firearm. Instead of attacking the law abiding, why not advocate harsher penalties for violent criminals and gang members? A carry permit is very difficult to obtain in most counties in CA and the individuals who are fortunate enough to get them often have to demonstrate real need, such as living in constant fear of a violent stalker or because their job puts them in psychical danger or in situations in which they may be robbed or worse. Now you've potentially exposed the fact that they may be carrying a firearm to any would-be attackers, information that may get them killed. Even worse, linking these people somehow to the Trayvon Martin case may bring violent attack from nutcases such as the ones that are calling for bloodshed in Florida. Posting these names demonstrates a severe lack of judgement on the part of both you ladies and you should remove these lists immediately.
Gregory April 01, 2012 at 12:51 AM
The release of these names is not an attack. Newspapers routinely publish names of school administrators and politicians with their salaries. This is the same type of article. I want to know who is carrying a gun in Menlo Park. Now I know who has chosen to keep their gun under their jacket instead of on their hip. I will be watching what I say around them.


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