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County Braces to Handle Onslaught of Concealed Weapon Permit Applications

The Orange County Board of Supervisors agree to hire 15 retirees to tackle the backlog.

Orange County needs to hire more staff to process the 600-plus applications to carry a concealed weapon. Patch file photo.
Orange County needs to hire more staff to process the 600-plus applications to carry a concealed weapon. Patch file photo.

Orange County supervisors today approved more resources for the sheriff's department to handle a flood of new applications for concealed weapon permits following a recent court ruling making it easier to get a permit.

County officials estimate they have a backlog of more than 600 applications to sift through. With existing staff it could take until next March to process them all, officials say.

The plan approved by board will have 15 retirees who are already on staff working part-time to pick up additional hours to process the applications this fiscal year. The time has already been budgeted and is not expected to cost the county extra, but that could change next fiscal year if the level of applications continues at its current pace.

Sheriff Sandra Hutchens told the board she expects the pace to slow.

"I think this initial rush is... because the law has been changed," Hutchens said. "I think that will level out at some point."

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals issued a ruling last month making it easier to apply for the concealed-carry weapons permits. Attorney General Kamala Harris has petitioned the full appellate court to review the 2-1 ruling.

--City News Service

Annie G. March 05, 2014 at 06:54 PM
i say give all old peeps guns so when they greet at walmart the white trash have a heads up
Rocky Neidhardt March 05, 2014 at 10:36 PM
It is legal to open carry now.
MFriedrich March 05, 2014 at 11:50 PM
I like how we decided use "onslaught" in the title of this piece. Somehow not entirely appropriate. Or is it?
Homer March 06, 2014 at 12:31 AM
Yes, which is it? An onslaught - a fierce attack? Or a flood - arriving in overwhelming amounts? or both.
Carol March 09, 2014 at 09:15 PM
Simple rule - I walk into a place of business and I see someone/anyone other than a uniformed police officer carrying a gun......I walk out and this can't be good for the business, can it???

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