Quote Originally Posted by Teallaura View Post
Which is why we put requirements with teeth - there better be grounds to believe this person is a danger to self or others....
In Texas, the local Sheriff has authority, for example, to weigh in on "shall issue" cases of concealed carry licenses under the premise that, as a locally elected official, he/she is not as likely to be politically beholden to a particular party. It's assumed that he/she is more answerable to the people, who can fire his/her butt next election.

One of the proposals I heard to day regarding any such Texas legislation is that it would involve a Sheriff (not a sheriff's deputy, but the County Sheriff), a Justice of the Peace, and a medical doctor.