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.”

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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.

In California, in contrast, residents 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 allows 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 have concealed gun permits in Pacifica:

Name (removed)   Occupation  permit issue date permit expiration date Retired  9/1/2010 9/1/2012 Vice President  7/9/2010 7/9/2012 Business Owner  2/17/2010 2/17/2012 Retired  2/18/2011 2/18/2013 CFO 11/5/2010 11/5/2010 Fire Captain  9/24/2009 9/24/2011 Investigator  4/7/2011 4/7/2013 Sr. Financial Analyst  1/31/2010 1/31/2012


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Charles June 18, 2012 at 01:15 AM
Gun carrying man ends stabbing spree at Salt Lake grocery store SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 News) - A citizen with a gun stopped a knife wielding man as he began stabbing people Thursday evening at the downtown Salt Lake City Smith's store. http://www.abc4.com/content/news/top_stories/story/conceal-and-carry-stabbing-salt-lake-city-smiths/NDNrL1gxeE2rsRhrWCM9dQ.cspx
Charles June 23, 2012 at 03:43 AM
Gun ownership up, crime down FBI violent-crime rates show safer nation with more gun owners. The Washington Times Monday, June 18 - 2012 Gun-control advocates are noticeably silent when crime rates decline. Their multimillion-dollar lobbying efforts are designed to manufacture mass anxiety that every gun owner is a potential killer. The statistics show otherwise. Last week, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) announced that violent crime decreased 4 percent in 2011. The number of murders, rapes, robberies and aggravated assaults all went down, continuing a pattern. “This is not a one-year anomaly, but a steady decline in the FBI’s violent-crime rates,” said Andrew Arulanandam, spokesman for the National Rifle Association. “It would be disingenuous for anyone to not credit increased self-defense laws to account for this decline.” http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2012/jun/18/gun-ownership-up-crime-down/
Charles July 01, 2012 at 03:19 AM
“Arms discourage and keep the invader and plunderer in awe, and preserve order in the world as well as property... Horrid mischief would ensue were the law-abiding deprived of the use of them.” ― Thomas Paine
Charles July 29, 2012 at 07:46 PM
New Federal Report Shows Right-to-Carry Boom A new report this week by the U.S. Government Accountability Office confirms that the number of Americans exercising the right to carry firearms for personal protection is skyrocketing. GAO investigators gathered information from state authorities nationwide about the number of permits issued, eligibility requirements for those permits, and the extent to which states recognize permits issued by other states. The researchers also conducted a more in-depth review of nine selected states. While information on eligibility requirements and reciprocity is easily available online (for example, on NRA-ILA's "Gun Laws" page), some of the statistical information in the report is remarkable. With hard numbers or estimates from all but three of the 49 states that have laws allowing for issuance of carry permits, the GAO reports that there were about 8 million active permits in the United States as of December 31, 2011. That's about a million more than previous estimates by scholars.
Charles March 20, 2013 at 01:49 AM
Florida's case against George Zimmerman is falling apart. They better bail while they still can. http://www.americanthinker.com/2013/03/why_florida_persists_in_the_zimmerman_prosecution.html


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