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Easing On Concealed Weapons

Easing On Concealed Weapons 

November 19, 2008

By BRIANNA BAILEY and ALAN BLANK
Daily Pilot

Orange County Board of Supervisors Chairman John Moorlach thinks Sheriff Sandra Hutchens is doing a bang-up job in her new post, despite a battle that erupted earlier this week between 2nd Amendment advocates and the sheriff.

A posse of more than 100 gun rights advocates flocked to the Board of Supervisors meeting Tuesday to protest Hutchens’ crackdown on concealed weapon permits.

Hutchens has issued concealed weapon revocation letters to more than 400 Orange County residents, telling them they need to give stronger proof of their need to carry a concealed weapon.

While Moorlach is pro-gun, he said he couldn’t vote in good conscience to tell the sheriff to take a step back from the issue.

“You can’t do that to a constitutional officer that is in an elected position,” Moorlach said. “The sheriff exercises discretion in that area. We can’t say this is what she’s supposed to do.”

After a roughly eight-hour meeting, Moorlach and the rest of the board voted to adopt a revised resolution that advises Hutchens to ease up on her review of concealed weapons permits.