Reeves’ arguments were bolstered by ex-Los Angeles policeman William Skiles, who said Reeves’ ability to carry a concealed weapon is a right guaranteed under the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.
Glendora resident Matthew Russell agreed and accused the chief and council of violating Reeves’ civil rights.
Councilwoman Donna Redman took exception to the accusation. She said the council wasn’t denying anyone the right to own guns and keep them in their home to protect themselves and their families.
“You just can’t conceal and carry it without a permit,” Redman said.
After the meeting, Pickwith said four conditions must be met to get the permit: good cause, good moral character, a city or county resident and 16 to 24 hours of training.
Other residents voiced concerns about folks walking around town with concealed guns loaded and ready to fire and agreed with the council’s support of the chief’s decision.
“The thought of people carrying concealed weapons in La Verne sends a chill down my spine,” said Mark Ramos.
He suggested residents become more vigilant and attentive to what’s happening in their neighborhoods, establish neighborhood watch groups and call the police when they see strangers acting strangely.
“A gun doesn’t make me safer. Me looking out for my neighbors and my neighbors looking out for me is better safety. If you want to own and keep a gun in your house, that’s your right,” Ramos said.
La Verne resident Cathie Rojas said she and her husband have guns in their home, but their first thought during a crime is not to grab them. Police officers are better trained in protecting citizens, she said.