Given its massive size and the alleged public safety interest in regulating handguns in public, one might think that the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department (“LASD”) would keep a list or database of people it has issued a license to carry (“CCW”).
But if you believe that the LA Sheriff’s Department–an agency that had a budget of over $2.5 Billion (!) in 2010–would be able to tell you who can legally carry a gun in into Starbucks under their “unfettered” discretion, and where “only a select few are granted the special privilege,” you would be mistaken. (CBS, Inc. v. Block (1986) 42 Cal.3d 646, 652 [230 Cal. Rptr. 362, 725 P.2d 470].)
In response to a request for public records submitted by The Calguns Foundation on June 14, 2016, LASD said that they have no such list or record that shows the current number of people licensed by them to carry handguns.
More likely, those on the list probably match up well to campaign contributors the last sheriff's election campaign: one of those forms of corruption the Left likes.