L.A. Sheriff tries to ban mix of drinking, guns
The Associated Press
Article Launched: 11/11/2008 02:01:19 AM PST
LOS ANGELESóLos Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca is planning to prohibit off-duty deputies from carrying guns while drinking after several highly publicized allegations in recent years of intoxicated deputies firing weapons.
Baca says there has been a "very disturbing" rise in alcohol-fueled misbehavior among his deputies. Since 2004, more than a dozen have been accused of brandishing or shooting a gun while under the influence of alcohol. And 61 deputies have been arrested on alcohol-related charges this year, most of them for driving under the influence, and most of them armed when they were arrested.
The deputies' union is opposing any restrictions on the carrying of weapons.
Union leader Steve Remige says the policy would let criminals know that deputies who had put them away would at times be unarmed.
Although I agree with very little that comes out of CA. I have to support this move on the part of the sheriff. Just because someone is a LEO should not give them the right to carry while drinking. I understand the argument their union leader is trying to use, but it is a safety issue for the citizens of LA county.