One of the issues left unsettled by the Supreme Court’s Heller and McDonald decisions is whether the fundamental right to keep and bear arms includes a right to carry a concealed weapon via a state license or without. Because states may not allow their citizens fewer rights than those guaranteed by the federal constitution but may allow more, this has led to a situation were every state—in theory—allows some form of concealed carry. “In theory,” because while most have adopted “shall issue” schemes where the state must issue concealed carry licenses to citizens not disqualified by specific provisions of law—convicted felons, illegal aliens, people legally declared mentally ill, etc.—some still maintain “may issue” schemes giving complete discretion to the state or local sheriffs to deny a fundamental right, and deny it they do.
In some of those states, such as California, only the politically connected, the wealthy and celebrities are allowed the means to protect their lives and the lives of those they love. In such places, the police culture is commonly such that the police love to treat honest citizens merely trying to exercise their rights under the Second Amendment as terrorists. But California is even more enthusiastic in its determination to disarm the law-abiding: now it’s denying retired, honored police officers concealed carry licenses.
Allison ‘Ally’ Jacobs, a former UC Berkeley police officer, suffered an on-duty injury in 2010 and accepted a disability retirement. Under California law, retired officers are permitted to carry concealed weapons, but, in an apparent reversal of policy, UC Berkeley said it no longer considered those receiving income disability, like Jacobs, to be ‘retired.’ Jacobs was then told she was disqualified from receiving a retired officer card with an endorsement to carry a concealed firearm.
Jacobs, still a young woman, is not just any cop:
In 2009, Jacobs’ police instincts led authorities to Dugard, who was kidnapped in 1991 at the age of 11 in South Lake Tahoe and held captive for 18 years by convicted sex offender Phillip Craig Garrido and his wife at their home in Antioch, Calif.
When Garrido visited the UC Berkeley campus with his two daughters and encountered Jacobs, the veteran police officer said, ‘something just wasn’t sitting right with me.’
‘He was on parole for kidnapping and rape,’ Jacobs told Fox News in an interview Monday. ‘And after that meeting [with Garrido] was over, I decided to call his parole officer and let him know that I think that some investigation is warranted into the home life of Mr. Phillip Garrido.
‘And that just opened up an investigation that discovered Jaycee Dugard had been held captive there for 18 years,’ Jacobs said.
Police officers know that no matter what they’ve accomplished, it can all be wiped away in an instant for little or no reason. Mindless, anti-gun bureaucracy can be the most powerful lack of reason around:
A year later, Jacobs said she was injured on the job and, ‘I got medically retired from the University of California Berkeley.
UC Berkley apparently decided, unilaterally, to ignore the state law requiring retired police officers, even those medically retired, to be given a concealed carry permit. Jacobs has engaged an attorney:
[Michael] Morguess said UC Berkeley ‘reversed course’ after abiding by state law for more than 20 years.
‘They’re denying people like Ally and scores of others those permits,’ Morguess said. ‘In effect, the University of California has decided that officers that put their lives in danger in the line of duty — who are injured on duty and are forced to take a disability retirement — are not considered retired under state law and thus not entitled to a permit … The University of California policy is contrary to state law.
One of the favorite tropes of anti-gunners is that only the police should be allowed to have guns. After all, they’re trained professionals. Jacobs’ case would almost make one wonder if they’re lying about even that.