UPDATE: Which Neighbors Have Concealed Weapons Permits?

San Mateo County, similar to the state of Florida, allows residents to apply for a concealed weapons permit for “good cause.”

To Our Readers:

We've decided to remove from four Patch websites a part of an article published on Friday that detailed information about owners of concealed weapons in Redwood City, Menlo Park, Half Moon Bay and Pacifica.

The initial decision to publish this article was not an easy one for us. The subsequent decision to remove the names of the San Mateo County residents who possess a concealed weapons permit is also difficult.

However, after much thought and discussion among our editorial team, we decided that we did not have a compelling reason to publish the names even though they are a matter of public record. 

Clearly, the article hit some nerves. The discussion about guns and gun ownership in this country is intense. We saw that intensity in the comments.
An essential part of Patch is to have a civil discussion about many issues that affect us. Unfortunately, many of the comments we received regarding this article were less than civil, and bordered on vitriolic.
We always welcome good, constructive comments. Contentious issues within our communities need to be discussed, but that public forum of thoughts and ideas can only be constructive if certain standards are maintained.

Highly negative, inflammatory comments violate our Patch terms of service, and need to be deleted from our article's comment stream as such. Personal attacks, and personal threats, cannot be tolerated for any number of reasons, and will also be removed. That's why we had to remove several threatening comments that came to us after publication of the article.

-Patch Staff


In light of an alleged self-defense killing of 17-year-old unarmed Trayvon Martin by neighborhood watch captain George Zimmerman, Florida’s concealed weapons laws have been thrust into the spotlight. Most residents can obtain concealed weapons permits, according to state law.

In California, in contrast, residents must contact their local police department or county Sheriff’s Office, as rules differ by region. San Mateo County residents may obtain Concealed Weapons permits (CCP), which allows them to legally  carry a loaded "pistol, revolver, or other firearm capable of being concealed on the person.”

The state’s FAQ website offers more information, such as eligibility requirements to obtain a permit.  

San Mateo County has developed a uniform application form for the various policing jurisdictions within the county. This application must be filled out and submitted, along with the fee for service. The application must include a written explanation regarding the need to carry a concealed weapon.
The application will be reviewed during a personal interview with Support Services' staff at the time of submittal to discuss the need for the license, criminal history and consequences of carrying a concealed weapon.

Following the interview, an appointment for fingerprint submission will be obtained. An additional fee will be collected by the technician to pay for the processing of the print cards by the State of California, as part of the background investigation. This may take six to eight weeks to process.

The applicant must also complete a course training between 16 to 24 hours.

The following people have completed the course: 

Name (removed)  occupation  permit approval date permit expiration date Nursery School Director  12/10/2009 12/10/2011 Bail Agent 1/27/2011 1/27/2013 Bailbonds 3/11/2009 3/11/2012 Plumber/Contractor 4/30/2010 4/30/2012 Self-Employed/Business Owner  9/4/2009 9/30/2013 Retired Physician  8/16/2010 8/15/2012 Fed Firearms Dealer  4/28/2010 4/28/2012 Coroner  7/21/2009 7/21/2011 Arson Investigator  9/30/2009 9/30/2011 Attorney  10/2/2010 10/2/2012 Eye Surgeon  3/10/2010 3/10/2012 Business Owner  11/1/2010 11/1/2012 ATM Company Owner  6/25/2009 6/25/2011 Numismatist 10/27/2010 10/27/2012 Retired  9/30/2010 9/30/2012 Private Investigator 4/30/2011 4/20/2013 Retired 1/5/2011 1/5/2013 Fire Inspector/SMCSO Reserve 9/30/2009 9/30/2013 Retired Physician 8/16/2010 8/16/2012

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sharon texeira March 30, 2012 at 05:52 PM
You published the names of these people. Well, what about the others who have their guns.Where are their names. Why just a few names? Am I to call them or anyone else if we get in trouble because they have a gun hopeing they can help me. So many people have guns that are not telling. How many people due have guns that aren't supposed to yet you seem to punish the ones that do have them by putting their names to print for all of us to see. Why are they targeted?
Kevin Lee Thomason March 30, 2012 at 06:08 PM
Correct. These law abiding men and women should be commended for working through the very complicated process to even get these permits. The process itself takes months, and can cost way over $1000, figuring in time and lost work. ACTUAL CRIMINALS simply buy a gun on the street, and do not show any regard for any type of laws. If patch.com wants to fight crime, it should consider tracking THOSE people down, and printing THEIR addresses.
Nunna Yobidness March 30, 2012 at 06:22 PM
Wow, a publication that exists due to the First Amendment of the Constitution doing it's best to ostracize and intimidate citizens for exercising their rights enumerated in the Second Amendment. Shameful. Right on par with the anti civil rights bigots of the 1960. You should be ashamed, and frankly I hope your publication fires you due to lost readership.
Steve Casey March 30, 2012 at 06:53 PM
Wow. Pretty pathetic on many levels. First that these good citizens have had their privacy compromised but even worse is how short that list is. In a country that has a fundamental right to keep and bear arms, only 19 good people qualified in this community to exercise that right. More pathetic is that only 2 are women. If the same restraint typically applied to our second amendment rights were to apply to our first amendment rights, sensational invasive hit pieces like this would never see the light of day.
jennie March 30, 2012 at 07:03 PM
WTF. This article couldn't be in poorer taste if you tried. Sure it's publically available information, but starting off the article with talk about the FL ordeal and then giving a list of residents that have a permit? What is the point? Do you think that all gun incidents involve someone with a LEGAL gun and a difficult to obtain carry permit (it's extremely difficult in CA)? Watch out for these people they may shoot you? Clearly criminals don't care about law or obtaining a gun legally, or going through the motions to carry legally. So let's crucify those that do?
John March 30, 2012 at 07:42 PM
Why didn't the author also post names of retired law enforcement, judges, DA's, or politicians retired or otherwise?
John March 30, 2012 at 07:44 PM
I'm a little disappointed that so few have the right to protect themselves.
Scott Schnell March 30, 2012 at 07:51 PM
Stacie Chan, I'm not sure if the responses you have been receiving is what you thought you would get. For a person to get a (LTC) Licsense to Carry in this State is so very difficult, most of us law abiding Citizens are unable to get one. Our piece of crap Sherifi in Santa Clara County is under a major law suite for the way she treats people of our County differently, But you do not report on the unfair practices that take place around the County's of California. Good liberals like your self only report the injustices that you feel good about. A reporter should be non bias when reporting but you show your true color here. It is very obvious you think Zimmerman is guilty and all gun owners are guilty.
David Wolf March 30, 2012 at 08:14 PM
You've managed to use your 1st amendment rights to take a piss on those people's 2nd amendment rights. I sincerely hope you feel proud of yourself. Plus.. You posted people who don't even HAVE a valid CCW; much of your list is expired. Was it too difficult to remove those people who now don't even have a firearm to protect themselves?
jeff Taylor March 30, 2012 at 10:34 PM
Truly a new low in "journalism",, and i use that word loosely, very loosely. And i bet all the "priviledged" people,, judges, DA, prosecutors celebrities etc. got thier names scrubbed off that list. Disgusting and shameful behaviour, i hope it comes back to haunt this "person" for a long long time
Jared Minnick March 30, 2012 at 11:36 PM
From your own statement on the About page: "At Patch, we promise always to report the facts as objectively as possible and otherwise adhere to the principles of good journalism. However, we also acknowledge that true impartiality is impossible because human beings have beliefs. So in the spirit of simple honesty, our policy is to encourage our editors to reveal their beliefs to the extent they feel comfortable. This disclosure is not a license for you to inject your beliefs into stories or to dictate coverage according to them. In fact, the intent is the opposite: we hope that the knowledge that your beliefs are on the record will cause you to be ever mindful to write, report and edit in a fair, balanced way. And if you ever see evidence that we failed in this mission, please let us know." As with most like yourself your self-righteous condemnation of people using their constitutional rights to does not fit into your very narrow view of what you think is right. The people who you so shamelessly portray as tantamount to vigilantes are the people who respect and uphold the right for you to speak your mind. They are the law abiding ones, the ones who understand what it means to be a responsible gun owner, and do things the right way. You and your "group think" are going to be very sad when you realize that your rights were taken away bit by bit just like ours. Suddenly you realized that you had failed to stand up and shout your support for the ENTIRE Constitution.
jeff Taylor March 31, 2012 at 12:02 AM
Lets see how long this information lasts before its edited out as "inappropriate". Its fine if the reporter puts peoples names and personal info for all to see but I bet its not ok to have hers out there,,,, no double standard there huh??
Greg March 31, 2012 at 12:07 AM
Let's see just how fast 'ol Stacie deletes this info. Just how hypocritical can we get?
jennie March 31, 2012 at 12:39 AM
Stacie doesn't want her address listed because there are crazies out there. Ya know, the same kind that might want to steal a gun. Good thing we don't post lists of gun owners since they might get targeted just for their gun(s). Surely she's not delusional to think that criminals obey gun laws. Most guns criminals own are stolen.
John March 31, 2012 at 12:54 AM
I would ask that people here not post personal information of the author/editor. As gun owners its imperative that we show our respect and dignity and not show a childish nature. Its really not indicative of responsible gun owners. Even though i don't like the fact that the author did this, lets not stoop to her level of ignorance of endangering others.
jennie March 31, 2012 at 01:05 AM
I would have to agree. Although if you click on her name in this article it will give you her email and phone number for anyone wanting to contact her. Surely the point was made and hopefully she realizes her mistake. She also posted a list on the Halfmoon Bay Patch as well as Pacifica. Same theme among the responses. IMO, the author should consider an appology and remove the list. Anyone wanting the list for whatever reason, can go through the proper channels to obtain it.
John March 31, 2012 at 01:13 AM
Stacie, If you would like to know the "real facts" about gun rights and gun ownership, feel free to contact me at my e mail. I can give you hard facts and evidence where this is all going.
jeff Taylor March 31, 2012 at 01:26 AM
I see she removed all posts that had her personal info on it, but she has no issue with posting others names. The level of hypocracy defies belief. And she call herself unbiased??? What a dam joke. This paper should boot her ass out the door.
TE Lund March 31, 2012 at 02:59 AM
WOW, guess the criminals now know who not to mess with, they are armed. Or maybe more dangerously, the criminals know who to mess with, those people not on the list, those who do not have a concealed weapons permit, including Miss Chan herself.
Chris March 31, 2012 at 03:35 AM
Come on Stacie, show some sand and keep your address up until you pull the names and addresses of those who have done nothing to you.
Rudy T March 31, 2012 at 04:36 AM
I think the group needs to consider that Stacie has a boss that "approves" her work. Wait for it.......this should give everyone clarity of the sick person called her boss. This person lives to create problems in a community..a splitter if you will..wait for it.....I was reminded that this publication did an article once again that hinged off of information that is available as public information that no really puts effort into....do you remember when salaries were posted for the Sequoia Union Highschool District? How about when employees of the City and County of Redwood City were posted...including fire, police, building inspectors, etc... this created much animosity and problems in the work place. What else can The Patch pull out of public available information to create more problems? Try to provide information on criminals, gang bangers and molesters in our community. How about a map of all the half way houses for criminals and masterbating freeks that just got out of RWC jail. It is so nice to see them walk in our neighborhoods near schools or the continual house robberies. Why do we need to house them RWC? Because we are a county seat and we need to keep them close to all the resources? It's so lovely to have dangerous psychotic homeless people getting in your face while walking into Peet's coffee. Now that I think about it.... We need more CCP permits in our county. That list should be at least 10% of the population. Go to Dallas sometime, no problems down there.
Rudy T March 31, 2012 at 04:53 AM
Someone call Ed Koo, he needs to reniew his CCP (see list).
ScoutDork March 31, 2012 at 04:55 AM
There are 16,167 licensed to carry in Seminole County, which includes Sanford. Some people believe that they know how every-one should live. Liberty or Death
Jack Jones March 31, 2012 at 06:37 AM
How does some rich CEO Gene Hoffman get a permit but regular folk don't? Seems like the real qualification to getting a permit is having enough money and knowing the right people. They should yank all these permits until everyone can get one.
Rudy T March 31, 2012 at 07:42 AM
Jack, with all do respect...your comment must have another agenda. If you ever apply for a permit for the right reasons and get one, it won't be because your a CEO or Rich or Good looking or all 3. Everybody pays the same fee and goes through the same tests. Mr. Hoffman must have as good as good as a reason as anyone else. I don't understand why you are singling out this person when there are other people on the list that are most likely more wealthy. If the Federal, State and local government deem a permit is to be granted then that is it....... unless you are accusing our Sheriff of being crooked, taking payoffs and trading votes for permits...highly unlikely. Does anyone else have an opinion on this for "Jack"? Lord knows I don't have a permit and I am certainly not jelious of others having one. There are some counties in California that hand them like candy aswell as other states. Our county is very strict as you can see in the numbers.
Rick March 31, 2012 at 09:55 AM
I tried to post here earlier, but for some reason I wasn't able to (not because of anything derogatory)... I could see there being a possibility of "vigilante" crimes taking place against these license holders because of the Zimmerman situation, and if there is (and I pray that it doesn't happen), I could see there being many many angry law abiding people not just at the possible future thugs, but at Patch and Ms. Chan. If I were in Ms. Chan's shoes, I would more than definitely not even think of posting such information. I absolutely feel that this is a really super bad time to be posting names of carry license holders because of the race war that has ensued as a result of the Zimmerman situation. Ms. Chan and Ms. Castañeda, please remove these articles. And having said that, I wonder about the legal risk of posting Ms. Chan's address (if it's even the correct one). Even I wouldn't take that risk unless I was absolutely certain that it were legal, and even then, I wouldn't want to be partly responsible for the unpredictable. This is why I would always strongly advise against posting the names of carry license holders.
John March 31, 2012 at 02:11 PM
Looks like tens of thousands of readers know where the author lives now. Hey, that might be "good cause" for a CCW in San Mateo County.
Shawn Baker March 31, 2012 at 02:22 PM
Stacie, if you had any journalistic integrity, you wouldn't be deleting so many comments.
jeff Taylor March 31, 2012 at 02:27 PM
I bet this will be gone by lunchtime,,its only ok to put out names and addresses of people she sees fit to,,but hers is a no no.
jeff Taylor March 31, 2012 at 02:28 PM
typical liberal,,, "good for me,, not good for thee"


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