Based on the Supreme Court decision where some MORON Sheriff turned down the KKK on a parade application, because he wanted to, rather than a lawful reason, and was represented by the ACLU (strange bedfellows).
It is the law of the land. The Sheriff MUST accept and review the application AND cannot refuse to sign it unless he has LAWFUL Reason for DENYING you.
Discression is no longer in play.
Most Sheriff's and Police Chief's that pull the discression game AND become aware of this court case....immediately back off and sign off.
The Supreme Court ruled the Sheriff had acted out of the course and scope of his employment in denying lawful review of an application AND WAS PERSONALLY LIABLE for his actions ! The case ruled his employer was BARED from representing him OR paying his legal fees. GOOD CASE !