Gun Groups to Riverside, CA Sheriff – Start Granting Carry Permits, Or Else

Second Amendment advocates put Riverside County’s handgun carry license policy in their crosshairs.

Riverside County Sheriff Stanley Sniff
Gun Groups to Riverside County Sheriff Stanley Sniff – Start Granting Carry Permits, Or Else
CalGuns Foundation
CalGuns Foundation

Roseville, CA, and Riverside, CA – -( Riverside County Sheriff Stanley Sniff may have recently won re-election, but he’s not out of the woods yet, two gun rights groups say.

The Calguns Foundation (CGF) and California Association of Federal Firearms Licensees(CAL-FFL) have announced the kickoff of their ‘#FixRiverside’ initiative, which aims to compel the sheriff to begin issuing handgun carry permits to all residents who apply for one and pass a background check.

Currently, the sheriff only issues “CCW” licenses to those who demonstrate a “heightened” good cause, with “[c]onvincing evidence of a clear and present danger to life, or of great bodily harm to the applicant, his/her spouse, or dependent child, which cannot be adequately dealt with by existing law enforcement resources.”
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In a June 11 letter penned by Temecula-based gun rights lawyer Jason Davis, Sheriff Sniff was put on notice that his handgun carry license “policy and practices, both written and as-applied, appear to be the same…as the one struck down” recently by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco. He went on to demand numerous public records from the sheriff’s department, including 15 different categories of documents and “good cause statements,” in order to “research and evaluate [the sheriff’s] policies and practices relating to applications and licenses to carry handguns under Cal. Penal Code § 26150, et seq. for statutory and Constitutional compliance.”

“Sheriff Sniff appears to have violated the civil rights of his constituents the entire time he’s been in office,” said Brandon Combs, the FixRiverside initiative spokesperson and an officer of both CGF and CAL-FFL. “It’s long past time that he learned how to read and follow the Constitution.”

Interestingly, the advocacy groups aren’t going it alone. Joining the #FixRiverside coalition is Chad Bianco, Sniff’s former challenger and a current Lieutenant in the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department.

“The promise I made, that I would fight for your rights, remains true today in spite of the outcome of our recent election,” Bianco said in a written statement released this morning. “That’s why I’m renewing my pledge to build a better tomorrow and asking for your help today.”

He went on to urge his supporters, “Do your rights a favor and pass this urgent message along to all of your pro-gun family and friends in Riverside County.”

According to information collected in a December 2013 audit of California Department of Justice carry license statistics, Riverside County issued fewer than 800 active “civilian” handgun licenses. That just shows how bad the sheriff’s policies really are, say the groups.

“Given the sheer size of the county’s population, even conservative estimates put the sheriff at a woefully-low issuance rate,” explained Combs. “Sheriff Sniff’s carry license program simply doesn’t pass the smell test.”

But the efforts to make Riverside a “shall issue” county will need more than well wishes, Combs reminded. “As infuriating as it is, we’re probably going to have to take the sheriff to court in order to make sure Riverside residents can exercise their rights. Lawsuits like that are not cheap.”

Residents of the county who wish to exercise their Second Amendment right to carry handguns for self-defense can support the initiative by volunteering or donating at


California Association of Federal Firearms Licensees is the Golden State’s most tenacious advocacy group for Second Amendment and related rights. CAL-FFL’s thousands of members include gun owners, collectors, training professionals, shooting ranges, dealers, manufacturers, and others who participate in the firearms ecosystem.

The Calguns Foundation (CGF) ( is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that serves its members, supporters, and the public through educational, cultural, and judicial efforts to defend and advance Second Amendment and related civil rights. Supporters may visit to join or donate to CGF.

  • 8 thoughts on “Gun Groups to Riverside, CA Sheriff – Start Granting Carry Permits, Or Else

    1. Concealed carry is of no use to me, I don’t carry a purse.

      “[A] right to carry arms openly: “This is the right guaranteed by the Constitution of the United States, and which is calculated to incite men to a manly and noble defence of themselves, if necessary, and of their country, without any tendency to secret advantages and unmanly assassinations.”” District of Columbia v. Heller, 128 S. Ct. 2783 – Supreme Court (2008) at 2809.

      “Like most rights, the right secured by the Second Amendment is not unlimited. From Blackstone through the 19th-century cases, commentators and courts routinely explained that the right was not a right to keep and carry any weapon whatsoever in any manner whatsoever and for whatever purpose. For example, the majority of the 19th-century courts to consider the question held that prohibitions on carrying concealed weapons were lawful under the Second Amendment or state analogues.” District of Columbia v. Heller, 128 S. Ct. 2783 – Supreme Court (2008) at 2816.

      Charles Nichols – President of California Right To Carry

    2. I have been a Utah CCW permit holder since 2007. I applied to Riverside Sheriff for a CCW permit in January 2015. I lost my right leg in a combat related injury. I was advised that my wheelchair-bound status was a valid reason to carry as I have no other means by which to defend myself and my family. I had to pass the range and safety/background checks – only. I applied 12 Jan and my earliest interview date was May 12th. I passed my range and firearms tests with 100n%. I went to my interview and the first thing, on arrival, was there were no van accessible HP spaces. The single HP spaces had cracks in the aging asphalt plus: grass and weeds were growing in the cracks and potholes up to 18″ tall. That was the first shock. Once inside I was told the interviewers office was on the 2nd floor. I asked where the elevator was located? Suddenly the light appeared over her head and she called Dep Yazoo and in a whispered conversation said he would be “right down”. We did the interview in the Sheriff’s briefing room. It went well until he admitted they were not expecting a wheel-chair disabled person and the only camera in the entire county, to take the required photo was upstairs. He said they might have to call the fire dept for assistance in getting me there, “are you kidding me?” The Federal Disabilities Act of 1975 requires all public buildings to be retro-fitted or built to accommodate the handicapped and has had NO updates including restrooms and elevators. This former SAC Base was built in the 1950s and has NO HP concessions. The only access to the second floor is up a 4 foot wide stairwell with 22 steps. I thought you would like to hear this as it repercussions that far outweigh the CCW permit applications. If they should now say we can’t issue because… I will be back in touch with you for legal advice and assistance. In the meantime if you wish to further discuss this please contact me at or 951-330-9811. Thank you. Tom

    3. Completed all the paperwork today (6/8/2015) and called for an appointment to bring it in for review. Earliest appointment is December 19, 2015. They must be really, really busy…..

    4. Same here, just called for appointment. First available Jan. 26 2016. Laughable….. Only government would operate this way.

    5. I am considering getting a CCW permit, but living in Riverside and down loading all of the information they require, I wonder if they’ll even consider it??? I am a retired Naval Officer (2012), and have fired or familiar with almost all handguns available. Is it something I should pursue or is it the definition of futility???

    6. I’m 33 currently. I have lived in Riverside county since I was 5, 1987. I would like to apply for CCW but it seems that Riverside county makes it almost impossible to be approved. I joined the NAVY right out of high school. I served two overseas tours where as part of my duties I was issued a handgun to be used on board for security. I earned marksmanship ribbons for pistol during my service. I earned a medal for good conduct, and have letters of accommodation from my captain and an admiral. I was discharged at the end of my service honorably. I have never been arrested, never been in trouble with the law. I’m a father, divorced but currently in a 7 year relationship as a family of 5. My personality type is friendly, outgoing, and flexible. I travel southern California daily to service refrigeration equipment for industrial applications. I’ve held my current job for the last 10 years. While driving an average of 1,000 miles a week I’ve seen almost everything. I’ve helped with accidents, put out fires, seen crimes committed, and helped a homeless guy that was dehydrated and disoriented from exposure to the heat from summer. I carry an extensive medical kit In my work truck for just in-case purposes. I was a boy scout “alwas prepared”… Which brings me back to this CCW. As it stands currently, I carry a fixed blade knife, on my waist in a sheath, fully exposed. The way California requires fixed blade knives to be carried. I use the knife for work quite a bit but also carry it as piece of mind on a daily basis. I hate the fact that my state makes me vulnerable to attack by advertising that I’m armed. I also feel that a knife really isn’t a good way to protect yourself, or others in an emergency. I would really like to be able to carry a concealed, unadvertised handgun with me. I get gas at night in some shady places while i’m alone. I’d like to take the kids to the movies with the piece of mind that if the 30th copycat theater shooter were to be in front of us that I would be able to at least fight back. Last week someone tried to steal my truck. Not a situation to pull a gun but, what if it wasn’t just the truck the wanted? They were feet from my house and had ill intentions, thankfully that’s all they were up to. What does it take for somebody with a clean record, that has show themselves to be a positive factor for the community, has been trained in weapons and is proficient with them, knows and understands rules of engagement and state laws, an all around good guy that just wants the piece of mind to know that he could help someone by carrying. what does it take in this state as a member of the community for almost 30 years? How about the bigger question… Why is it so hard for someone with this kind of background to get this permit? I bought my first gun in 2001, days after I returned from deployment, just after 9/11… I haven’t shot anyone yet, haven’t been arrested for holding up a bank. no police record… But I’ve seen crime in my area increase, been to the store just after the bank inside was robbed on Halloween. I read the paper about when customers were being stabbed by a crazy guy at the gas station I frequent. the murders in the city i’m in went from annual single digit numbers to double digits. Our police use to pull people over in the late 90’s and two or three more squad cars would pull up because there wasn’t anything else going on. Now our police have armored cars and surplus military vehicles. They stepped up there level of preparedness, they must have been able to justify the expense. Why won’t California let me be a good guy with a gun? Why can’t I be prepared too? Why are we letting our state deny us security? Maybe it’s time for a change….

    7. I work in Riverside but live in San Bernardino. I am now just waiting for the call to go pick up my CCW permit following a very quick and smooth process. 2 months to get the interview. 60 days to perform the background check. 2 weeks to take the safety training and then 2 weeks to get the permit. County by county requirements and practices are so different yet it’s a California license. I don’t quite understand the inconsistency among counties, e.g., Riverside. All I can suggest is to go through the process and hope you are successful.

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