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LinuxUser Donating Member (93 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-23-04 06:43 PM
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32. I already wrote her one letter today...
Edited on Tue Nov-23-04 06:47 PM by LinuxUser
But I seem to remember that she gave up her permit at some point, with some publicity. She did have one, but according to the various unreliable info I have seen on various gun forums, she doesn't have one anymore.

However, while we're talking about Feinstein and urban legends, there is a follow-up urban legend that says she got rid of the concealed carry permit but used her influence to be made into some kind of Federal marshal, which allows her to carry in any state, own and carry in DC (handguns are banned for mere mortals in DC) and carry on airplanes. I could write her a letter asking about that, but she's as likely to present me with a gold-plated Uzi as she is to respond to that.

Here are some of those threads that mentions it, but none provide evidence that Feinstein has actually done this:

http://www.thefiringline.com/forums/showthread.php?s=&p...
http://www.packing.org/talk/thread.jsp/32739 /
http://www.packing.org/news/article.jsp/1458

And here's a post on the DoJ website that specifically addresses the practice of giving Congressmen this special marshal status, which allows them to pack everywhere, including in DC and on planes:

http://www.usdoj.gov/olc/depmar.htm

This article states that such special status is confered to a wide range of people, but the writer is saying that the practice should be stopped because it's moronic to make members of Congress into law enforcement officers (I'm paraphrasing here). The fact that this letter was written implies that maybe it was a fairly common thing to do, or it was being done excessively and getting excessive attention. Who knows. No mention of any specific individuals, but this information (on the DoJ site!), together with the fact that Feinstein did have a SF permit and she is a powerful and influential senator, means that there could be some truth to this.

But we'll never know. If there's one thing the DoJ likes, it's privacy... for itself. I think most state CCW permit records are public (you'll find mine in Florida!) but I'm sure that the DoJ rolls of Federal marshals are highly-guarded data.
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