In this week's print edition, the L.A. Weekly takes a look at Sheriff Lee Baca's habit of issuing concealed weapons permits to personal friends and benefactors.
Baca is known in gun rights circles for being stingy with concealed weapons permits. As of last year, only 341 people had them in L.A. County.
We obtained the list of permit-holders from the Sheriff's Department via public records request. In this week's story, “Lee Baca's Gun-Gift Connection,” we then compared it to the list of people who also gave gifts to Baca or contributed to his campaigns. Some attended his wedding, and one threw him a birthday party.
The Sheriff's Department says there's no connection, but others are accusing Baca of old-fashioned cronyism.
We've posted the complete list of permit holders after the jump: