May 2nd, 2019
As of this writing, 2450 California Concealed Weapon Permits have been issued in San Diego County. In February 2018, there were only 1,300. That doesn’t mean it is easy to get a CCW issued from the San Diego County Sheriff. But it may not be as hard as you think.
California is a one of the nine remaining states or territories that have a “May Issue” concealed carry permit law. Being a May Issue state, the decision on whether or not to issue you a concealed carry permit is up to the governing authority, in this case, the San Diego County Sheriff.
There are four requirements that you need to show proof of before the sheriff decided to issue you a CCW or not.
It may not be all doom and gloom if you are a San Diego County resident. San Diego County Sheriff Bill Gore has been working with the San Diego County Gun Owners organization to broadly define what “good cause” means.
If you read the sheriff’s guidelines for Good Causes, it seems that it could be very restricted. At first glance, it seems to be restricted to people that have had or may have threats of bodily harm or for specific business purposes. Below is from the San Diego County Sheriff’s website:
Good cause is determined on an individual basis. Applicants for a CCW should be able to set forth a set of circumstances that distinguishes the applicant from other members of the general public and causes him or her to be placed in harm’s way. Simply writing “self defense” or “personal protection” on an application does not provide the requisite proof of good cause. However, the following criteria, upon proof, may establish good cause:
If I were a San Diego County resident and read that, I would assume I wouldn’t have a good chance of being issued a permit. But that may not be the case.
On the San Diego County Gun Owner’s website, they have a Good Cause Worksheet and well as many Good Clause Statement templates applicants can use to hopefully give them a better chance of getting a permit issued. I was quite surprised at some of the examples. While it is still restricted more than a Shall Issue state, it seems that they will issue permits for broader reasons than expected after reading the sheriff’s guidelines for a Good Cause. Some of these example statements are for:
For more details on a specific “Good Cause” listed above, visit the SDCGO website to see how it is worded. But I’m sure a few of them are surprising after reading the statement from the sheriff.
Do you have a camera and enjoy taking pictures outdoors? That might be a good enough cause to be issued a permit. Do you like hiking or camping? That might be good enough as well.
In a perfect world, I’d like to see a California law changed to Shall Issue, but I don’t see that happening anytime soon. Yes, there are reports of other counties in California being less restrictive with who they issue permits to. But at least San Diego County isn’t just turning down anyone and everyone who applies. The San Diego County Gun Owners seem to be doing a great job with expanding and restoring the 2nd Amendment rights for San Diego County residents.
If you are currently or will be a San Diego Resident, I highly recommend becoming a member of the San Diego County Gun Owners.
May 2nd, 2019