By KAREN VELIE
In response to a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that a good cause requirement is unconstitutional, the Lompoc Police Department has eased its requirements to obtain a conceal carry gun permit, Chief Joseph Mariani announced Thursday.
In June, the court ruled New York’s equivalent to California’s “good cause” requirement to obtain a public carry license was unconstitutional and nonenforceable. The ruling also noted that it is constitutional for states to require a license to carry a firearm in public.
“Aside from the good cause requirement, all other requirements to obtain a carry license remain constitutional and enforceable,” Mariani said.
In the past, California law enforcement agencies required applicants to provide a reason they should be approved for a conceal carry permit, such as they transport large amounts of cash for work. Many past denials were attributed to applicants not meeting the good cause requirement.
“Lastly, it is important to emphasize that a Conceal Carry Policy permit is a privilege and not a right and the Lompoc Police Department will remain committed to ensuring that permits will be issued in accordance with our policy and the law,” Mariani said. “The new policy is now available for the public.”