Last updated on: 8/21/2014 | Author: ProCon.org

Orange County Register Biography

Position:
Pro to the question "Should Adults Have the Right to Carry a Concealed Handgun?"
Reasoning:

“Although the recent ruling from the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on concealed weapons permits didn’t compel Orange County Sheriff Sandra Hutchens to begin issuing permits under the new rules, the sheriff, much to our admiration, chose to, anyway…

The new policy in Orange County is worthy of praise, and one the other counties should follow, as the sheriff joins with a majority of state and local law enforcement agencies that allow ‘concealed carry’ under similar provisions.

Thirty-six states, and a number of inland and rural California counties that traditionally have been more permissive in defining a good cause for carrying a concealed gun, are largely not hotbeds of gun crime. In fact, the state with the lowest level of gun murders per capita, according to a 2010 FBI study, was Vermont, whose high court banned requirements on permits for carrying weapons in 1903…

[U]nder the provisions [for a concealed weapon permit] laid out by the Sheriff’s Department, self-defense is adequate cause. That’s not the case with other urban counties, which for decades have blocked otherwise responsible, law-abiding citizens from carrying a gun for self-defense.

It is reassuring to see the O.C. Sheriff placing the law before political considerations. We hope to see police agencies in neighboring counties soon follow suit.”

“Sheriff Sides with Self-Defense,” ocregister.com, Mar. 11, 2014

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
Media and Academic Journals
Mainstream print, broadcast, radio, and internet media entities such as the New York Times, CNN, ABC News, National Public Radio, Slate.com, Seattlepi.com, etc., as well as influential academic journals such as the Journal of the American Medical Association, Quarterly Journal of Economics, Foreign Policy, etc.
Description:

“The Orange County Register is a three-time Pulitzer Prize-winning newspaper focused on serving Orange County and helping it thrive.

The newspaper portfolio includes leading community newspapers serving Orange County’s 34 cities and Spanish-language Excélsior, helping Orange County’s 80,000 small businesses grow.”

“Company Information,” ocregister.com (accessed Aug. 21, 2014)

Mission:

“The paper aims to serve as the most detailed and insightful local news source in Orange County.”

“Newspaper,” ocregister.com (accessed Aug. 21, 2014)

Other:
Daily newspaper
Contact Info:
Phone
877-469-7344
Email
customerservice@ocregister.com
Website
ocregister.com
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Pro & Con Quotes: Should Adults Have the Right to Carry a Concealed Handgun?