LAPD: Arm Yourselves, Because You May Wait A While For Us To Get There


LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA — There’s a saying in the concealed carry community that goes like this:

“When seconds count, the police are only a few minutes away.”

However, the LAPD’s Police Protective League President Jamie McBride, says it could be quite a bit longer: “The citizens need to know they need to be able to protect themselves because if they call 911, we can’t guarantee we’re going to get there in time to help you.”

According to McBride, the West Los Angeles division, which should have seven two-man patrol units, had only only two units serving 200,000 residents over a 65 square mile radius on a January Thursday morning.


Though LAPD Captain Andrew Neiman disputes those numbers, saying that the LAPD fighting units have all increased personnel and try to stop crime before a 911 call is needed, the police union says the LAPD’s number one priority should be responding to people in need.

The LAPD is not the only agency in this situation; law enforcement agencies across the country are operating on insufficient budgets. And, although they do their best to respond in a timely manner, you can’t count on a police officer to protect you. You need to be able to protect yourself.

If you’re new to firearms, don’t know where to begin, or need some practical guidance, seek out a local qualified firearms instructor or consider attending an NRA Personal Protection in the Home course in your area.

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Erin is proud veteran, having served as a Cavalry Scout in the US Army. He manages an ammunition manufacturing facility and is an NRA-certified and Kansas concealed carry instructor. He…

Erin is proud veteran, having served as a Cavalry Scout in the US Army. He manages an ammunition manufacturing facility and is an NRA-certified and Kansas concealed carry instructor. He carries his Glock 43 every day in a custom-made IWB Kydex holster.

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  • Truth

    How is arming yourself legally even possible in LA? Unless you have a police carve out. Or are a criminal.

    • Good question. I moved to Texas from Los Angeles 6 years ago. I got pulled over by the San Antonio Police not soon after with a loaded Sig Sauer 9mm pistol concealed in my waistband. I loaded Military issue .45 1911 in the center console and a loaded Taurus .380 auto in the door panel. I spent 20 minutes with the officer chit-chatting while he checked out my Grandpa’s old .45 and then a gave me a polite warning about getting my burned out left turn signal light fixed. Can you Imagine if the LAPD had pulled me over somewhere around the area of 120th & South Central Ave.? – JESUS CHRIST! – He would have been screaming into his microphone for back up and I’d still be in prison.

      • pM4X

        Or got shot multiple times.

  • bjensen

    Yeah good luck being able to (legally) defend yourself in LA (well unless you’re super wealthy or a celeb)

    Also the fact that LAPD Captain Andrew Neiman, says that the LAPD has what they call “fighting units” should be an alarming statement, but then again LA is the land of progressive liberals and illegals, so maybe not.

  • Am I missing something? Didn’t the police just say to get a concealed carry permit? Of course the article addressed weapons in the home and you guys are talking about in your vehicles.
    I carry concealed with a permit and abide by the laws regarding concealed carry and I have never had an issue. But I don’t live in LA

    • pM4X

      The key is that you don’t live in LA.

      • I just don’t understand. What is the issue with concealed carry in LA

  • pM4X

    LA is a disaster waiting to happen. South Central LA is quiet for now bc Obama is still in the WH. ONce he’s out, we don’t know what’s gonna happen.


    Ya gotta love this – the cops are saying we gotta protect ourselves – and at the same time, the politicians we elect to WORK FOR US, are relentlessly working to outlaw our defending ourselves! Well now that the cops tell you to defend yourself in LA, the LA politicians tell you that you better do it with limited magazine capacities, and that active and retired cops are exempt from restrictions so that they have the ability to SUCCESSFULLY defend themselves and survive an attack. Everyone else, shut up if you don’t like it – that’s all you need, because we tell you it’s all you need, and it’s all you’re gonna get! Oh, and if you don’t comply, if it’s like other places in this country, it’s probably a hefty felony.

    We got a big problem in this country!