You know it’s bad when even the police are scared and suddenly find reasons to be elsewhere.
The last time Mrs. Maetenloch drove through Oakland she had to stop off for gas and got caught up in a gunfight between police and a guy who had hijacked a police car. Luckily the station attendant pulled her into his bullet-proof kiosk when the shots started flying. Since then I never travel through Oakland unless I’m armed. To paraphrase PJ O’Rourke you’d be crazy not to be armed in Oakland, but I assure you all the crazies have guns too.
Ace’s guy Maetenloch must be a cop, then, because I assure you that there are no concealed carry permits issued to the general citizenry in Oakland, and it is feloniously illegal to carry a loaded firearm on your person or in a car. You can transport an unloaded firearm in a locked container in your car, but that sort of defeats the purpose, eh?