Bill Hunt, one of the candidates to replace Sheriff Carona, has made this statement about his CCW policy for Orange County: In short: That's an official statement, in writing, that OC will go shall-issue if/when Bill Hunt is elected. This is huge. We talk about CCW battles in Delaware and Maryland and a lot of places. Let me point out that if Orange County were a state, it would be the 31st largest state (in terms of population) in the US. Bill Hunt winning is as big of news as getting shall-issue in 20 other, smaller states, including Delaware, Hawaii, and Rhode Island (currently may-issue states). To put it another way: If Bill Hunt wins and Orange County goes shall-issue, it will probably double the number of permits in California. Logic: OC has about 3mil people. In states that are shall-issue, typically between 1% and 2% of the population gets issued. CA currently has 40k CCWs. That would probably double of OC were truly shall-issue. If you are lucky enough to be from a shall-issue state, please send your support (contributions, posting in other forums, or just emails of encouragement) to Bill Hunt. His campaign website: http://www.billhuntforsheriff.com/ To give more background to non-Californians: California is may-issue, with policies set by sheriffs. The current OC sheriff, Sheriff Carona, is friendly but not really shall-issue. To win the battle in California, we need to win sheriffs' races, one county at a time. If the major counties of Los Angeles, Orange County and Sacramento go shall-issue (which they could, perhaps in this election cycle) it will set the momentum for all the other smaller counties. Our county battles are as important as your state battles, and some of our counties are as big as almost any other state. Los Angeles is about 10mil people, and it would be the 9th largest state if it were a state. So if you care about CCW in other jurisdictions, please give some thought to what's going on in California sheriffs' races. Mods: could you make this sticky? This is every bit as big a fight as shall-issue in Kansas, Nebraska, Delaware, etc, which are all smaller places than OC in terms of population.