Law Enforcement 'Stunned' By Booming Rate of CA Concealed Carry Applications

In the two months since the U.S. Ninth Court of Appeals struck down the "good cause" requirement in California, law enforcement officials have been "stunned" by the booming rate of concealed carry permit applications.

According to The New York Times, in Orange County alone, almost 4,000 residents, eight times the usual number, have applied for a permit. 

The February 13 ruling by the Ninth Circuit is on appeal and has not been finalized, but Orange County Sheriff Sandra Hutchens is pushing forward without the "good cause" requirement. As a result, there are so many applicants in her county that there is now "a 30-month wait to schedule the required in-person hearing to obtain a permit."

Unless and until the ruling is reversed, Hutchens says "it is the law of the land," and she is hiring more part-time staff "to handle "the crush of applications."

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