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California, Gun Restrictions are already the toughest in the nation. We don't need new laws.
A California concealed firearms permit allows you legally to carry "a pistol, revolver, or other firearm capable of being concealed on the person.
A valid license to carry a concealed firearm prevents you from being convicted of:
Penal Code 25400 PC, California's law against carrying a concealed firearm,
Penal Code 25850 PC, California's law against carrying a loaded firearm in public, and
Penal Code 26350 PC, California's law against openly carrying an unloaded firearm in public.
Who may obtain a permit to carry a "concealed firearm"? Requirements under Penal Code 26150 and 26155 PC
When applying for your California permit to carry a concealed weapon, you must prove that:
1, you are of good moral character,
2, you have good cause to justify the permit,
3, you are a resident in the county or in a city within the county... or you spend a substantial amount of time at your place of business or employment which is located in the county or in a city within the county, and
4, you have completed an approved firearms' training class.
There are typically three phases involved in the application process for obtaining a California permit to carry a firearm:
1, The paper application. All issuing agencies...that is, your local county sheriff or the chief or head of your local municipal police department...require that you submit a uniform application to carry a firearm in California. Fees for the initial application or the renewal application may vary depending on the issuing agency but average between $100 and $200.
2, The interview process. This is when the issuing agency will discuss:
your need for the license,your criminal history, and the consequences of publicly carrying a firearm.
3, The psychological evaluation. This third phase does not apply to all counties / cities. If conducted in your area, you will be required to undergo psychological testing. Your fee for this evaluation will not exceed $150.
If you successfully obtain a California CCW permit, it only applies to "pistols, revolvers, and other firearms that are capable of being concealed upon your person."
Penal Code 417 makes it a crime to withdraw, exhibit, or use a gun in a threatening or angry manner. It can only be used for self defense.
I support the 2nd amendment. State law authorizes Concealed Weapon Permits to citizens who can show good cause. In my view any law abiding citizen who seeks a permit has the right to have one issued. Law abiding citizen are responsible gun owners and should have the ability to conceal carry if they believe it is necessary for their personal safety.
There are 30,000 gun related deaths per year by firearms, and this number is not disputed. U.S. population 324,059,091 as of Wednesday, June 22, 2016.
Do the math: 0.0092575708669133% of the population dies from gun related actions each year. Statistically speaking, this is insignificant! What is never told, however, is a breakdown of those 30,000 deaths, to put them in perspective as compared to other causes of death:
• 65% of those deaths are by suicide which would never be prevented by gun laws
• 15% are by law enforcement in the line of duty and justified
• 17% are through criminal activity, gang and drug related or mentally ill persons – gun violence
• 3% are accidental discharge deaths
So technically, "gun violence" is not 30,000 annually, but drops to 5,100. Still too many? Well, first, how are those deaths spanned across the nation?
• 480 homicides (9.4%) were in Chicago
• 344 homicides (6.7%) were in Baltimore
• 333 homicides (6.5%) were in Detroit
• 119 homicides (2.3%) were in Washington D.C. (a 54% increase over prior years)
So basically, 25% of all gun crime happens in just 4 cities. All 4 of those cities have strict gun laws, so it is not the lack of law that is the root cause.
This basically leaves 3,825 for the entire rest of the nation, or about 75 deaths per state. That is an average because some States have much higher rates than others. For example, California had 1,169 and Alabama had 1.
Now, who has the strictest gun laws by far? California, of course, but understand, so it is not guns causing this. It is a crime rate spawned by the number of criminal persons residing in those cities and states. So if all cities and states are not created equally, then there must be something other than the tool causing the gun deaths.
Are 5,100 deaths per year horrific? How about in comparison to other deaths? All death is sad and especially so when it is in the commission of a crime but that is the nature of crime. Robbery, death, rape, assault all is done by criminals and thinking that criminals will obey laws is ludicrous. That's why they are criminals.
But what about other deaths each year?
• 40,000+ die from a drug overdose–THERE IS NO EXCUSE FOR THAT!
• 36,000 people die per year from the flu, far exceeding the criminal gun deaths
• 34,000 people die per year in traffic fatalities(exceeding gun deaths even if you include suicide)
Now it gets good:
• 200,000+ people die each year (and growing) from preventable medical errors. You are safer in Chicago than when you are in a hospital!
• 710,000 people die per year from heart disease. It’s time to stop the double cheeseburgers! So what is the point? If Obama and the anti-gun movement focused their attention on heart disease, even a 10% decrease in cardiac deaths would save twice the number of lives annually of all gun-related deaths (including suicide, law enforcement, etc.).
A 10% reduction in medical errors would be 66% of the total gun deaths or 4 times the number of criminal homicides......Simple, easily preventable 10% reductions!
So you have to ask yourself, in the grand scheme of things, why the focus on guns? It's pretty simple.:
Taking away guns gives control to governments.
The founders of this nation knew that regardless of the form of government, those in power may become corrupt and seek to rule as the British did by trying to disarm the populace of the colonies. It is not difficult to understand that a disarmed populace is a controlled populace.
Thus, the second amendment was proudly and boldly included in the U.S. Constitution. It must be preserved at all costs.
So the next time someone tries to tell you that gun control is about saving lives, look at these facts and remember these words from Noah Webster: "Before a standing army can rule, the people must be disarmed, as they are in almost every kingdom in Europe. The supreme power in America cannot enforce unjust laws by the sword, because the whole body of the people are armed and constitute a force superior to any band of regular troops that can be, on any pretense, raised in the United States. A military force at the command of Congress can execute no laws, but such as the people perceive to be just and constitutional; for they will possess the power."
Remember, when it comes to "gun control," the important word is “control," not “gun."