TIMOTHY WHEELER: Californians denied human right to self-defense

When seconds count, the police are only minutes away. The worst terrorist attack on American soil in recent times unfolded two weeks ago, just down the street from the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s headquarters. By all accounts, the Sheriff’s Department, San Bernardino police and other law enforcement responded rapidly and performed admirably. But it wasn’t enough to prevent the deaths of 14 innocent people and injuries of more.
It’s mostly coastal California that lags behind the rest of America in allowing good citizens to discreetly carry self-defense firearms. People in the Inland counties get it. California law gives the power to issue concealed carry licenses to local chief law enforcement officers.
As a result, whether you are allowed your right to self-protection outside your home depends entirely on which county you reside in.

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