I am concerned because members of a local vigilante minded community group (promoting an anti-homeless agenda) claim they not only have guns but also have conceal and carry permits. I want to know which members of this group are licensed to carry firearms, which members are carrying concealed ones.
• what jurisdiction provides gun licenses?
• what jurisdiction provides conceal and carry permits?
• are these licenses/permits accessible under the California Public Records Act or through a different means?
• what agencies should I request these from?
Concealed carry permits are issued by sheriffs and police chiefs. Who has obtained one is a matter of public public record, but of course some locals may have gotten their permits outside your city or county. You need to start with a roster of the local group that you describe in order to determine whom to look for in the permits list.