The sidebar to Gene Maddaus’ explosive LA Weekly
cover story about the concealed-weapons permits granted by the office of LA County Sheriff Lee Baca (to mostly judges and reserve officers) is also fully loaded.
Via a public information request last year, the enterprising reporter obtained a full list of 341 people who, in May of 2012, were in possession of such permits from the LASD. Maddaus tells FishbowlLA there are several other city agencies besides the Sheriff’s office that issue concealed-weapons permits, and that probably at any given time a few hundred more people in LA County have these privileges.
Per the info active date, Maddaus has been in possession of this list for some time. He wrote a December cover story about Baca and was continuing at that time to try and figure out a legitimate way to showcase the permit holder information. Maddaus says the late 2012 attention generated by the publication of similar information in regional New York newspaper The Journal-News helped remind him of the value of what he had banked.
We didn’t see any members of the media on the spring 2012 LASD list, and Maddaus said he did not recognize any such individuals either. Kudos once again to the LA Weekly investigative reporter for his assiduous feature reporting. Main article here, sidebar here.
Previously on FishbowlLA:
Despite Colossal Dodgers Blunder, ESPN Opts for No Immediate Apology