Ever since the San Francisco Sheriff's Department rejected Tom Boyer's application to carry a concealed weapon 10 years ago, the 55-year-old Mission District resident has felt vulnerable on city streets. Standing 5 feet 3 and weighing 135 pounds, Boyer said he's been the victim of several late-night assaults, including one in the Castro in which he thinks the assailants attacked him because he's gay. He avoided a beating that time by using pepper spray, he said.There's more:
In December, a panel of the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco heard three cases that could lift local law enforcement agencies' discretion to grant or deny concealed-weapons permits.Don't liberals care about little people and gays being attacked?