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The requirements for obtaining a concealed-carry permit has been relaxed by the Orange County Sheriff’s Department. Reflecting a recent federal appellate court decision that deemed many urban counties in California to be overly restrictive in saying who can carry a concealed weapon and who can’t.

Local applicants seeking a permit to carry a concealed weapon now only have to say they need one for self-defense or personal safety. Previously, applicants were required to prove “good cause,” a standard that typically limited concealed weapons in Orange County to people who carry large sums of cash or valuables or who could prove an existing mortal threat, the Orange County Register reported.

“Bottom line is the sheriff is going to abide by the law,” per Lt. Jeff Hallock, a spokesman for Sheriff Sandra Hutchens.

“Before the court’s decision, good cause was something that was evaluated by the sheriff. What she considers good cause may not be same as Los Angeles, Riverside or San Diego as good cause. But in looking at the decision, some of the subjectiveness is taken out of it.”

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