Applications, Outcomes to be Turned Over to CGF
San Carlos, CA (Tuesday, July 5, 2011) – In a victory for gun rights and open government, the Ventura County Superior Court ruled in favor of the Calguns Foundation’s request for access to carry permit application records.
Filed in October of 2010, the case sought to compel the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office and Sheriff Bob Brooks to disclose carry license application and denials. This information is used by the Foundation in its ongoing Carry License Sunshine Initiative to publish acceptable “good cause” statements so that other similarly situated individuals can obtain carry permits and to investigate for irregularities.
“We’re obviously very pleased with the outcome of this case,” said Gene Hoffman, Chairman of the Calguns Foundation. “We look forward to continuing our investigation of Ventura’s carry license program.”
Calling Ventura’s arguments “conjectural,” the decision makes clear that “ [the Foundation’s] interest [in carry licenses] is a legitimate one… neither specious nor overbroad.”
“We hope that other recalcitrant counties are paying attention,” notes Brandon Combs, a director of CGF and leader of the Sunshine Initiative. “The public has a fundamental right to know how its government is functioning.”
Calguns Foundation’s attorney, Mr. Jason Davis of Davis and Associates, said about the decision, "We're not done. We will continue to require that sheriffs follow well-established California law in their maintenance and conduct of carry licensing policy and procedures."
A downloadable copy of the Court’s Statement of Intended Decision may be found at CGF’s downloads library.
The Calguns Foundation (www.calgunsfoundation.org) is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization which serves its members by providing Second Amendment-related education, strategic litigation and the defense of innocent California gun owners from improper or malicious prosecution. The Calguns Foundation seeks to inform government and protect the rights of individuals to acquire, own, and lawfully use firearms in California.