Mar 13, 2014 6:26 PM
Orland's Patrick Bennett is 19 years old and has owned a gun since he was legally able to do so. And when he's old enough to buy a hand gun, he's going to apply for a permit to carry it as a concealed weapon.
“I’m planning on getting my concealed carry when I’m 21 for sure,” he said.
Bennett is one of many Californians that will or have recently applied for permits to carry a concealed weapon. This increase in demand comes after a 9th U.S. District Court of Appeals ruling that made it easier for people to get the permits. The ruling eliminated that applicants must show good cause for a permit, saying a desire for self defense was enough to qualify.
And since then, the Butte County Sheriff's Office has seen a big spike in applicants.
“If we look at the month prior to the ruling we had received 35 applications for CCW permits,” said Undersheriff Kory Honea of the Butte County Sheriff’s Office. “And during the month after the ruling, that increased to 55.”
And while this increase in applications could mean more concealed weapons on the streets, sheriffs say it’s not permit holders that worry them.
“The evidence supports the fact that we don’t have problems with people who come to our office and legally obtain concealed weapons permits,” Honea said. “Where we have problems are with people who are criminals who carry firearms illegally and use them to victimize people.”