To shed some insight as someone that lived there...Southern Ca.: There was a time when the authorities handed out CCW. That all changed back in the 80's and 90's. When I left several years ago it was nearly impossible to get a CCW in Southern Cal. because the Sheriff and P.D's Cheifs had become so political and are to chicken to stand up to the gun lobby that would rail against them....don't want to lose that cushy position you know. To get CCW you literally had to know someone, and that someone had better have some clout.
Do you mean to tell us that a law-enforcement official can be influenced by politicians?
One would think that a law enforcement officer and, in fact, a law enforcement ORGANIZATION should be exempt from political pressures such as this.