Statement by Sheriff Scott R. Jones
In the 2016 legislative session, Assemblymember Kevin McCarty authored two bills to make it more burdensome to obtain CCW permits statewide. One bill was killed early, and one made it to the Governor’s desk. In his veto message for that bill, Governor Brown correctly pointed out:
“This bill was spurred by a local dispute in one county. I am unaware of a larger problem that merits a statewide change at this point.”
Undeterred in his effort to impact me personally and the issuance of CCW permits statewide, Assemblymember McCarty took to social media on December 21st and threatened to use the State’s Legislative Audit function to examine the CCW program of the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department. True to that threat, in early 2017 an audit was initiated by Assemblymember McCarty of my CCW program, and two other low-issue counties to demonstrate contrast.
At an estimated cost of $350,000 to the taxpayers of California, the audit is now complete and will be made public later this week. Although the audit as expected was critical in some respects of the manner in which we issue CCW permits, of the over 11,000 application files the audit team was given access to they found:
Included with this media release is my full written response that is attached to the audit findings, which should be released from California State Auditor’s office later this week.
Sheriff Scott Jones