Anthony Breznican: Congressman’s law would endanger law enforcement

By Signal Contributor

Last update: Thursday, December 14th, 2017

I read an article in the Dec. 8 edition of The Signal in which Congressman Steve Knight was boasting about his new bill that will allow concealed carry permits across state lines. Essentially, this law makes the states with the weakest, least restrictive guidelines the law of the land.

That pleases the gun lobby, but it makes our nation more endangered at a time when we have already been horrified by bloodshed from reckless gun proliferation.

Those from other states who might be blocked from carrying a concealed gun in a state like California, which has restrictions on such a license for those with a record of spousal abuse or other criminal behavior, will now be able to enter carrying a loaded weapon with impunity.

Knight’s bill is under heavy criticism from law enforcement. LAPD Chief Charlie Beck calls it a cop-killer, writing in the Los Angeles Times: “In addition to jeopardizing public safety, concealed carry reciprocity would endanger the lives of law enforcement.

“The mere presence of more concealed weapons on California streets would make police work here much more hazardous. What’s more, if LAPD officers stopped someone with a loaded, concealed handgun, that person could claim to live in a state where permits weren’t necessary, and the officers would be unable to confirm whether it was true.”

Beck adds: “Given our intensifying focus on the potential for homegrown terrorism, the last thing we need is to make it easier to carry concealed, loaded firearms across state lines.”

We should heed his words. Beck’s outrage is also shared by the commissioner of the NYPD and by numerous law enforcement groups, including the Fraternal Order of Police, the International Association of Chiefs of Police, and 66 of the largest police and sheriff’s departments in the United States.

The bill from Congressman Knight, R-Palmdale, weakens the public safety laws of individual states at a time when we need stronger gun safety laws. As a former cop himself, Knight should be ashamed of his support of this bill, which so many police organizations say will endanger men and women in blue.

But I’m sure Knight will be offering his “thoughts and prayers” to the eventual victims of his bill.

Anthony Breznican
Santa Clarita

 

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Anthony Breznican: Congressman’s law would endanger law enforcement

I read an article in the Dec. 8 edition of The Signal in which Congressman Steve Knight was boasting about his new bill that will allow concealed carry permits across state lines. Essentially, this law makes the states with the weakest, least restrictive guidelines the law of the land.

That pleases the gun lobby, but it makes our nation more endangered at a time when we have already been horrified by bloodshed from reckless gun proliferation.

Those from other states who might be blocked from carrying a concealed gun in a state like California, which has restrictions on such a license for those with a record of spousal abuse or other criminal behavior, will now be able to enter carrying a loaded weapon with impunity.

Knight’s bill is under heavy criticism from law enforcement. LAPD Chief Charlie Beck calls it a cop-killer, writing in the Los Angeles Times: “In addition to jeopardizing public safety, concealed carry reciprocity would endanger the lives of law enforcement.

“The mere presence of more concealed weapons on California streets would make police work here much more hazardous. What’s more, if LAPD officers stopped someone with a loaded, concealed handgun, that person could claim to live in a state where permits weren’t necessary, and the officers would be unable to confirm whether it was true.”

Beck adds: “Given our intensifying focus on the potential for homegrown terrorism, the last thing we need is to make it easier to carry concealed, loaded firearms across state lines.”

We should heed his words. Beck’s outrage is also shared by the commissioner of the NYPD and by numerous law enforcement groups, including the Fraternal Order of Police, the International Association of Chiefs of Police, and 66 of the largest police and sheriff’s departments in the United States.

The bill from Congressman Knight, R-Palmdale, weakens the public safety laws of individual states at a time when we need stronger gun safety laws. As a former cop himself, Knight should be ashamed of his support of this bill, which so many police organizations say will endanger men and women in blue.

But I’m sure Knight will be offering his “thoughts and prayers” to the eventual victims of his bill.

Anthony Breznican
Santa Clarita

 

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  • Brian Baker

    Sadly, actual facts seem to contradict your Chicken Littling, kid.

    Since the liberalization of CCW issuance started about 30 years ago in Florida, and in stark contradiction to all the “Wild West” hysteria of the time and since, wherever CCW issuance requirements have been eased the rate of violent crime has fallen. Further, those people who actually have CCWs turn out to be pretty much the most law-abiding people there are. Their participation in criminal activity happens to be far lower than the national average. It’s almost non-existent.

    This is no different from drivers licenses. When people from other states come here for a visit, they don’t have to get a California license in order to drive a car. Every state recognizes every other state’s licenses for non-residents. I see absolutely no reason why CCW licenses should be treated any differently.

  • Gary Bierend

    Another day, another fact free hit piece.

    Name a state where a person with “a record of spousal abuse or other criminal behavior” can legally buy a gun, much less get a CCW. Here’s a hint to help you “Lautenberg Amendment”.

    So “Beck calls it a cop-killer”, I’d like to know what statistics he would cite to back that up. If you look at the firearm murder rate of Vermont (no CCW restriction for those who can own a gun legally) vs. California (odious CCW restrictions) the number are staggering.

    Vermont has 1/60th the population of California, yet it has 1/628th the number of murders by gun. That’s not a typo.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Firearm_death_rates_in_the_United_States_by_state

    The facts don’t back up you or Beck, but thanks for participating.

  • Brian Richards

    It’s not “his” law. It’s a law, assuming it passes, of all of congress to be signed by the President and if the people are unhappy with it, you/we/they can vote them out. Assigning credit or blame of a law to one single representative out of 535 is bush league. However, the source is considered.

  • Bill Reynolds

    A month or two ago, I met Anthony for coffee. Looking back, it’s clear that he attempted to secure my friendship and to ultimately recruit me into his radical left wing 25UP organization. You see, it seems that he has been planted in SCV specifically to hammer our GOP leadership and since he arrived on our scene, he’s launched a barrage of anti GOP commentary in social media and in our printed news media . He’s never revealed anything positive about any liberal candidate…. simply one negative GOP opinion after the next. Last month, he deceived me and when I outed him on social media, he blocked me from seeing his commentary. Do not trust this man.

  • Ron Bischof

    “Those from other states who might be blocked from carrying a concealed gun in a state like California, which has restrictions on such a license for those with a record of spousal abuse or other criminal behavior, will now be able to enter carrying a loaded weapon with impunity.”

    This is patently false. These are prohibited persons under extant Federal law that applies to all states.

    See questions 11a-i on Federal Form 4473 here:

    https://www.atf.gov/file/61446/download

    Mr. Breznican is using fact-free alarmist propaganda to advance his Leftist political agenda, i.e., restricting the liberty of those who have a different opinion than his own. He’s an “activist” member of the CA25Up organization and the objective is to attack Republican incumbents in SCV by any means they deem necessary.

    “25 UNITED FOR PROGRESS 25 UP” receives funding from ActBlue and is a political, not a nonpartisan “community” organization.

    https://www.fec.gov/data/disbursements/?two_year_transaction_period=2018&data_type=processed&recipient_name=C00633412&min_date=01%2F01%2F2017&max_date=12%2F31%2F2018

    https://www.opensecrets.org/orgs/summary.php?id=D000021806&cycle=A

  • Jim Wilkins

    Funny…. a number of states recognized the CCW licenses of thirty other states. Not a single one of those states has seen any increase in cop killings….armed robberies committed by CCW holders or up ticks in mass shootings by CCW holders. Wait till you see the black market for ammunition that will spring up once the new restrictions and registrations begin taking place in CA this year.

  • Paul Dale

    I know several LASD deputies and police officers from different police dept’s. and none of them, NONE, agree with the position of Chief Beck regarding CCW reciprocity. And remember these folks are not like Beck sitting in a nice safe office at Parker Center – NO, these are the folks out in the patrol cars interacting with the public (good and bad) on a daily basis.
    As I have said before (& to which Mr. Breznican has vehemently objected) most, if not all, of the heads of major law enforcement agencies are no longer cops (if they ever were). They had to change over from being cops to being politicians in order to either be appointed to their office (Police Chief) or elected to their position (Sheriff). Does anyone, other than possibly Mr. Breznican, really think that Chief Beck would have be appointed to the Chiefs’ position if he didn’t follow the proper political line held by the members of the L.A. city council that appointed him?

    • Ron Bischof

      My LASD Deputy brother-in-law supports my 2A right to keep and *bear* arms just as he does. We know the de facto L.A. County ban on issuing CCWs is unconstitutional.

      We discuss actual law enforcement on the streets when we hang out at the range and other family activities.

      We don’t discuss LAPD politicking.

  • Merovee

    The right to keep and bear arms without infringement has been the law of the land since the founding of this country. If California continues in its rebellion to the constitution of the United States President Trump should authorize military occupation of that state, removal of its treasonous officials and reconstruction of that state under the supervision of Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

    • Ron Bischof

      Your “solution” invokes Posse Comitatus.

      https://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/text/18/1385

      I’ll support National Reciprocity instead and allow the rule of law to restore Constitutional balance.

      • Merovee

        As stated in law, Posse Comitatus applies only to the US Army and by extension the US Air Force UNLESS their use to subdue rebellion is authorized by Congress. Its application to the Navy and Marine Corps is only by directive of the Secretary of Defense (who is appointed by and serves at the pleasure of the President) and it doesn’t apply at all to the Coast Guard unless they have been placed under the Navy as they have been in time of war.

        I agree though, the use of armed forces against Americans would be, and has been, a particularly tragic event.