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Supervisor Shawn Nelson Wants A Concealed Weapons Permit

Folks who transport lots of cash or who are judges, prosecutors and others who have valid concerns about their safety get concealed weapon permits in Orange County.

For example, current CCW permit holders include Newport Beach socialites Dick and Priscilla Marconi, GOP bigwig Michael J. Schroeder, state Assemblyman Allan Mansoor, District Attorney Tony Rackauckas and freshman Superior Court Judge Scott Steiner.

Now, Orange County Supervisor Shawn Nelson, a lifetime member of the National Rifle Association, wants one too. 

"I don't have a pressing need [for a CCW]," Nelson told me today. "I don't fear walking out of the building. And I'm not asking for one because I'm an important person, but I want to be smart about reality. There are nutty guys out there and I speak my mind."

In 2008--before Nelson won a seat on the board, a man threatened to "incinerate" Supervisor John Moorlach and kill the other four county supervisors.

More recently, the supervisor said his office has received "occasional threats--including one guy who came close to going nutty."

According to the Fullerton resident, he's already taken all the necessary gun training courses and, once Sheriff Sandra Hutchens formally issues him a permit, will carry a semi-automatic Colt Commander .45 caliber handgun.

Supervisor Shawn Nelson Wants A Concealed Weapons Permit

Any future lunatic should be warned.

Said Nelson, "I'm a pretty good shot."

--R. Scott Moxley / OC Weekly


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