Opinion: Recent shootings raise debate over carry concealed weapon licenses

Gun Rights

Shootings weren’t about CCW licenses

Re “California seeks new gun restrictions following shootings” (Feb. 1): The article about Gov. Gavin Newsom and others pushing Senate Bill 2 and trying to associate the horrible mass shooting in Half Moon Bay with a work-around bill to avoid the Supreme Court’s ruling in New York State Rifle & Pistol Assn., Inc. v. Bruen regarding carry concealed weapon (CCW) license issuance is misguided and deceptive.

None of the recent mass shootings had anything to do with CCWs. This bill is touted as an answer to the mass shooting problem but has no association to them. Clearly a bait and switch.

California already has the strictest laws in the country, but the laws do not apply to those who disregard them, which is evident in these shootings.

Circumventing the Supreme Court rulings certainly makes it seem like our state government does not respect the highest court. Everyone wants to stop these shootings, but we must stop laws that are irrelevant and inapplicable.

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Joseph Gratteau

University City

Few need to have a concealed weapon

Few people outside of law enforcement need to carry a concealed handgun or a weapon at all. Their life is not imperiled. Instead, I think those who go around armed are looking for a chance to use the weapon. The practice is widespread — road-rage retaliation, for example. Or the guy who, while shooting at a rival in the Gaslamp Quarter last summer, winged two uninvolved women, one in the hand, the other in the chest.

By overturning the “special need” requirement to carry a concealed weapon, the U.S. Supreme Court furthered the ease to walk around armed and dangerous.

Until legislators stand up to gun manufacturers and the National Rifle Association we won’t have a valid background check that could keep firearms out of the hands of those who misuse them.

For the record, I own a rifle and a revolver.

Dale Rodebaugh


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