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California Lawmakers Want Right to Pack Heat Now

Measure would let elected officials carry concealed weapons
By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser User
Posted Mar 14, 2011 3:03 AM CDT

(Newser) – California state legislators are demanding that laws be eased to allow them to carry concealed weapons because they say their lives are in danger. Under state law, anyone who wants to carry a concealed handgun must apply for a permit and make an argument that they need it for protection. Jewelers, bail bondsmen, and prosecutors are usually on top of the list, notes the Los Angeles Times. But now some lawmakers are arguing that the law should be changed to make it easier for politicians to carry the guns. "I've had guys come up to me ready to punch me out," said Democratic state Sen. Lou Correa of Santa Ana, co-author of the new permit bill.

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Under the measure, being an elected state official or a member of Congress would automatically constitute "good cause" for carrying a concealed weapon.The Los Angeles County sheriff is opposed to special treatment for state legislators. Some politicians already have concealed gun permits, and they obtained them through regular channels. "We feel electeds should go through the same process as everyone else," said a sheriff's spokesman. (Read more California stories.)

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