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March 29, 2011 > Letter to the editor: The right to bear arms

Letter to the editor: The right to bear arms

I was born and raised in California, and I have absolutely no criminal or mental health history. I have undergone extensive firearms training, both in California and out-of-state. And I currently hold multiple concealed weapons permits, allowing me to legally carry a concealed firearm in 32 states.

Despite living in the City of Fremont virtually all of my life, Alameda County Sheriff Gregory Ahern and Fremont Police Chief Craig Steckler do not believe my life is valuable enough to be issued a permit to carry a concealed firearm in California.

The Second Amendment to the United State Constitution states "...the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed." My right, as well as the right of many others in California, to bear arms is being infringed upon by sheriffs and police chiefs throughout the state. People should be aware that our rights have already been stripped from us in an unfair and discriminatory way.

If any crime is perpetrated against me that could have been deterred or avoided had I been permitted to legally carry a firearm on my person, I am going to hold the Alameda County Sheriff and Fremont Police Chief accountable.

Adnan Shahab

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