L.A. County sheriff’s office failed to follow policy for issuing concealed weapon permits, audit says

 

L.A. County sheriff’s office failed to follow policy for issuing concealed weapon permits, audit says

Patrick McGreevy: "L.A. County sheriff’s office failed to follow policy for issuing concealed weapon permits, audit says"

This article represents a recurrent theme with the incumbent sheriff, who claims once again that an outside entity (in this case a state auditor) misunderstood department policies. The auditor found that the LASD did not follow its own policies when dealing with CCW permits.

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"Handguns are displayed at the Hunting and Outdoor Trade Show in Las Vegas in 2016." 

 

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The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department has repeatedly failed to follow its own rules for issuing concealed weapon permits, the state auditor concluded in a report released Thursday.

L.A. County Sheriff Jim McDonnell disputed some of the key findings of the audit, saying state officials misinterpreted the policy.

The department policy requires applicants to provide “convincing evidence” of a “clear and present danger to life or of great bodily harm” to get a license, but the audit found the department issued 24 licenses during the last few years without sufficient evidence. 

Most of the 197 active licenses in L.A. County as of August went to current or former law enforcement officers, judges and prosecutors, the audit found. The lieutenant in charge of reviewing applications told auditors that people in law enforcement satisfy the department’s requirements by the nature of their jobs.

“However, making that decision based solely on the applicant's profession both directly contradicts Los Angeles's written policy — which specifically states that no position or job classification in itself shall constitute good cause for issuance — and has led the department to treat applicants inequitably based on their occupations,” the audit says.

McDonnell said the audit identified some legitimate issues, and the department has added a checklist to the application process in order to show requirements have been met. But he disagreed on the report’s sweeping conclusion that the department consistently failed to follow its own policies.

“The LASD policy simply requires that the applicant provide ‘convincing evidence’” that their life or physical safety are threatened. He said the policy does not require additional documentation of that evidence if sufficient information is provided in the application.

Auditors also concluded that Sacramento County issued some licenses without proper documentation and San Diego County's renewal process led it to inappropriately renew some licenses."

Posted on 15 Dec 2017, 14:33 - Category: news

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