The California Appellate Law Podcast

CCW Permits with Criminal Defense Hero Don Hammond, part 1

July 09, 2024 Tim Kowal & Jeff Lewis Season 1 Episode 138
CCW Permits with Criminal Defense Hero Don Hammond, part 1
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The California Appellate Law Podcast
CCW Permits with Criminal Defense Hero Don Hammond, part 1
Jul 09, 2024 Season 1 Episode 138
Tim Kowal & Jeff Lewis

Just because you’re law-abiding doesn’t mean you won’t need a criminal-defense attorney. There are more criminal laws in federal and California state law books than you could read in a decade. (I asked ChatGPT: if you printed them all out, they would be taller than the 24-story AT&T building in San Diego.)

Enter Criminal Defense Hero Don Hammond. In addition to his services on behalf of good people who made mistakes or find themselves abused by the system, Don is an expert in firearms training and licensing. In this first part of our discussion, we talk with Don about the brand new—and procedurally unique—post-Bruen concealed-carry permitting regime, which replaces the near-completely discretionary system with a “shall issue” procedure. In a recent writ of mandamus, the Superior Court ruled that merely failing to disclose a long-expired restraining order is not grounds to deny a CCW permit, because that is not one of the statutorily-enumerated grounds for denying a CCW.

Stay tuned for the second part where Don talks about the Supreme Court’s 8-1 decision in Rahimi, holding that a restraining order prohibiting a particularly violent actor from possessing firearms was consistent with the Second Amendment tests under Heller and Bruen. Rahimi, when attempting to comport it with Heller and Bruen, **gets a bit confusing—so what are lower courts to do with it? But one thing Rahimi did emphasize is the actual violence Rahimi committed—so would California’s authorization of disarming restraining orders merely to protect “mental calm” pass muster? Then we circle back and ask: if the Legislature amended the CCW laws to make nondisclosure a ground for denying a CCW, would that pass muster under Rahimi?

Don Hammond’s biography and LinkedIn profile.

Appellate Specialist Jeff Lewis' biography, LinkedIn profile, and Twitter feed.

Appellate Specialist Tim Kowal's biography, LinkedIn profile, Twitter feed, and YouTube page.

Sign up for Not To Be Published, Tim Kowal’s weekly legal update, or view his blog of recent cases.

Other items discussed in the episode:

Show Notes

Just because you’re law-abiding doesn’t mean you won’t need a criminal-defense attorney. There are more criminal laws in federal and California state law books than you could read in a decade. (I asked ChatGPT: if you printed them all out, they would be taller than the 24-story AT&T building in San Diego.)

Enter Criminal Defense Hero Don Hammond. In addition to his services on behalf of good people who made mistakes or find themselves abused by the system, Don is an expert in firearms training and licensing. In this first part of our discussion, we talk with Don about the brand new—and procedurally unique—post-Bruen concealed-carry permitting regime, which replaces the near-completely discretionary system with a “shall issue” procedure. In a recent writ of mandamus, the Superior Court ruled that merely failing to disclose a long-expired restraining order is not grounds to deny a CCW permit, because that is not one of the statutorily-enumerated grounds for denying a CCW.

Stay tuned for the second part where Don talks about the Supreme Court’s 8-1 decision in Rahimi, holding that a restraining order prohibiting a particularly violent actor from possessing firearms was consistent with the Second Amendment tests under Heller and Bruen. Rahimi, when attempting to comport it with Heller and Bruen, **gets a bit confusing—so what are lower courts to do with it? But one thing Rahimi did emphasize is the actual violence Rahimi committed—so would California’s authorization of disarming restraining orders merely to protect “mental calm” pass muster? Then we circle back and ask: if the Legislature amended the CCW laws to make nondisclosure a ground for denying a CCW, would that pass muster under Rahimi?

Don Hammond’s biography and LinkedIn profile.

Appellate Specialist Jeff Lewis' biography, LinkedIn profile, and Twitter feed.

Appellate Specialist Tim Kowal's biography, LinkedIn profile, Twitter feed, and YouTube page.

Sign up for Not To Be Published, Tim Kowal’s weekly legal update, or view his blog of recent cases.

Other items discussed in the episode: