Several major GOP power brokers with ties to convicted former Orange County Sheriff Michael S. Carona are about to lose their concealed weapons permits under an order by the new sheriff, says the Los Angeles Times. Those who have received notices of revocation from Sheriff Sandra Hutchens include Michael Schroeder, chief political and legal advisor to Carona and a former chairman of the state Republican Party; Adam Probolsky, a GOP pollster; and Stephen Mensinger, a political ally of Carona and business executive for a major GOP benefactor.
Schroeder said his attorney sent a letter to the department alleging that Hutchens’ “abrupt and inappropriate attempt to strip the license violates Mr. Schroeder’s rights.” Hutchens began a review of 1,069 active permit holders in July. A total of 423 were sent letters asking for more information to support their “good cause” to carry a concealed weapon. Late last month, the Sheriff’s Department sent letters to the 57 who had not responded — including Schroeder, Probolsky and Mensinger — saying that their permits would be terminated Friday. In all, 133 people have been told their permits will be terminated Friday unless they provide “good cause.”