The county judge, when he was seeking election, did it the old fashioned way. He went from door to door and spoke with the voters in the county. One of the overriding themes he found was that people were asking him why concealed carry was not allowed in our county? This was basically due to the attitude of the retiring judge who allowed very few people who could prove "need" to his satisfaction to carry concealed.
When the new judge was elected, he went to the Sheriff and asked him if there was any reason he shouldn't grant more concealed carry permits, and the Sheriff said "nope" (or something to that effect).
The "should training be required" thread got me to thinking about the judge's requirement for training. This is a personal requirement for the judge, and is not codified in any county or state law. This is a prudent action on the part of the judge. Because the first wave of permit carriers are going to be critical to the long term success of the program.
For the past 30 years, the people in our community have only seen guns in the hand of two groups of people. Police and criminals. If they notice a person with a gun (getting made) they will assume that the person is either an off duty cop, or a criminal. In the vast majority of cases this used to be correct. Now, however, there will be a new class of people carrying. The genus "homo law abidinus". They've never seen this creature, so it'll take some getting used to.
All concealed carriers should be careful and prudent, but in our case we need to be even more so. We need to be model citizens, taking into account the sensibilities of our fellow citizens. The first accident, ND, or non-righteous shooting by a permit holder will probably be followed in the local press by the headline: "CONCEALED CARRY EXPERIMENT AND ABJECT FAILURE".
We need to have some foiled robberies, assaults or rapes under our belt before that happens. We need to be friendly and work with local law enforcement. We need to work for the judge's election next term to make sure our right is not taken away by the next judge who might be able to use minor infractions to revoke our permits. We don't want to give the county legislature reason to restrict concealed handguns regardless of what the judge says.
Now in the other thread, a lot of people went "all second amendment" on the suggestion for training. I agree that the right to keep and bear arms should not be infringed. But I'm also a pragmatist. Currently in our county concealed carry is a privilege. Whether it ought to be a privilege is up for discussion, but that is the reality I'm living in. Treating it as a privilege, giving thanks to the judge and working on training myself so I will never to anything to make him regret his decision is my best course of action.
[I have specifically left out the name of the judge and Sheriff. I'm sure some know who they are. I ask, as a favor to me, not to use their names in this thread. Not because they have anything to be ashamed of, but the fact that information on the internet lasts a long time, and I would hate to have friendly politicians politically injured by the carelessly bandying about of their names. Thanks.]