LOS ANGELES (CBS) — Some Sacramento lawmakers say the Tucson tragedy underscores the need for state officials to have the right to protect themselves at all costs even if it means changing the rules.

KNX 1070’s Jon Baird reports a rise in violent threats has spurred lawmakers to push for a bill to make it legal to carry a concealed weapon without a background check.

Under the current law, lawmakers have to apply to the county sheriff or police chief in order to carry a weapon.

But under the new proposal, just being a state legislator or member of Congress is reason enough.

Sheriff’s spokesman Steve Whitmore says the feeling is even lawmakers should be going through the stringent background checks.

Whitmore says that while the current political climate would be taken into consideration, he also points out that out of some 10 million people in Los Angeles County, the sheriff’s department has issued only about 400 concealed weapons permits.

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Comments (6)
  1. logelly says:

    What about civilians being able to protect ourselves. Do law makers really believe they are above the law? California should be a CCW State I need to protect myself and my family from crooks.

    1. mister s says:

      Agreed. But I think letting lawmakers go first is a good idea, then they can feel secure, and see why the rest of us would like to.

  2. Dottie says:

    You’ve got to be kidding, if they are afraid of a back ground check then they shouldn’t be allowed to carry any weapon. They are no better than the rest of the people in this state and if they were doing their job taking care of California and not themselves, they would have no worries.

  3. Tax Payer says:

    Sacramento lawmakers are nuts enough as it is, good grief, but then again maybe they will all shoot themselves and tax payers can get new state legislators or members of Congress i, instead of political career hacks.

  4. fish wrap says:

    If they weren’t all crooks and destroyed peoples lives they would have anything to worry about

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