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OC Sheriff Eases Restrictions For Concealed Weapons Permits

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ORANGE COUNTY (CBSLA.com) — The Orange County Sheriff’s Department has relaxed the requirements for residents seeking a concealed weapons permit.

In a controversial move, Orange County Sheriff Sandra Hutchens Thursday reacted to the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals opinion and loosened requirements for obtaining a CCW.

Hutchens’ decision came after the federal appellate court decision Wednesday deemed many urban counties in California too restrictive.

If the decision is not appealed, applicants will no longer have to prove just cause in order to obtain a CCW.

Instead, applicants would need to show simply the desire to obtain a weapon for self-defense or for personal safety reasons.

A sheriff’s spokesperson said the Orange County Sheriff’s Department is now accepting applications for CCWs knowing the decision could be appealed.

The ruling will not be finalized for another week.

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