Over 1,000 concealed carry applications have hit Orange County, California since rolling back gun restrictions in the midst of an appellate court ruling, and officials are preparing to hire more than a dozen retired deputies to manage the overload.
Under a proposal that comes before county supervisors, the Orange County Sheriff’s Department would hire 15 retired employees to handle the application process. Which have flooded in since the court ruling a little more than two weeks ago.
The volume is nearly double what the department normally handles in an entire year, and if all or most of the 1,000 applications are approved, it would effectively double the number of people permitted to carry concealed weapons in Orange County.
The pro-gun ruling by the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals would affect every county in the state, but Orange County was among the first to eliminate the requirement that residents who wanted to carry a concealed weapon must show they had a specific, individualized need to do so.
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