Ruling could make it easier for non citizens to carry concealed weapons in Riverside County

Ruling could make it easier for non citizens to carry concealed weapons in Riverside County

Gun Rights

Legal U.S. residents who aren’t citizens should find it easier to apply for a concealed firearm permit in Riverside County following a judge’s ruling. Court records in a civil suit filed by a county resident and several gun rights groups against former Sheriff Stan Sniff and the county Sheriff’s Department show that on May 22 U.S. District Judge Dean Pregerson issued a permanent injunction that effectively settles the case. The county did not object to the injunction, according to records. In that ruling, the judge barred the department, now led by Sheriff Chad Bianco, from enacting any policy that prohibits legal U.S. residents – including those who aren’t citizens – from seeking a permit to carry a concealed firearm. Arie van Nieuwenhuyzen, a legal U.S. resident born in The Netherlands, claimed his rights were violated in 2017 when the Sheriff’s Department told him he could not apply for a permit because he is not a U.S. citizen. He sued Sniff in federal court last October and was joined in that action by several gun rights groups – the Calguns Foundation, the Second Amendment Foundation, the Firearms Policy Coalition, the Firearms Policy Foundation, and the Madison Society Foundation. Riverside County Sheriff Chad Bianco, center, speaks at a news conference earlier this year (File photo by Brian Rokos, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG). Sniff at the time said the lawsuit was politically motivated to help Bianco, his opponent in the sheriff’s race. Bianco unseated Sniff last November and took office in January . Sniff […]

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