We recently submitted a public records request to LVMPD to provide documentation on how they justified the decision not to accept any CCW classes after 3/24/2020. In response, LVMPD denied releasing any documentation citing the deliberative process and attorney-client privilege. All they provided was a copy of the governor's order
If the point was no longer moot (Metro backed off ban of CCW classes), I'd file suit. State law changed in 2019 specifically because Metro and government agencies play games like this. So with no need for a gun rights lawsuit, there is no need to file a public records lawsuit just to tell us we already know that Metro knows they stepped on themselves.
So in short, since Metro will not provide the truth of their decision, I'll set the narrative and let them refute if they will. Sheriff Lombardo and/or his department unilaterally decided to arbitrarily, and likely illegally and unconstitutionally, decided to essentially ban CCW classes based on the governor's social distancing order. They did so probably in good-faith to keep people from spreading the virus or getting sick, but failed to offer any alternatives or properly justify their action. In doing so, they showed a calloused disrespect for the right to bear arms.
As the Firearms Coalition began to address the issue of expiring permits, Metro backtracked a few days ago and is allowing CCW classes to go forward with social distancing in place. Expiring permits were extended statewide until 7/15/2020 under the temporary permit authority.
In future reforms of public records laws, the government must not be allowed to rely on privilege to deny record requests. It is likely further positive reforms of the public records law will be undertaken in 2021.
Our records request with the Attorney General was filed yesterday to see if they've had any correspondence with Metro on the issue.
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Clayton E. Cramer
Gun Free Zone
The War on Guns
The View From Out West