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Concealed Guns and the Chief of Police

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Cal Gun Laws and The Claremont Institute take a look at Chief Bratton's application for a permit to carry a concealed weapon in LAand wonder why he got approved while other private citizens have to jump through much higher hoops in order to get one. It is an interesting question. Cal Gun Laws points out that LA has one of the most stringent policies in the country and state and for much of the last 30 years didn't issue permits at all despite LA's wild west tendencies towards illegal gun violence.

Now, we're no big gun advocates at LAist but it does seem curious to us that LA makes it not only harder but arbitrary for law abiding folk who might have need for protection in some of our more violent neighborhoods while "the elite" get that right with much less difficulty.

Although, we must admit, the idea of our Top Cop not being able to carry a handgun is highly amusing. Would he carry some other exciting weapon instead? Police batons crafted as nunchucks? Identification shields reworked as throwing stars? A very fancy taser?