Due to a Ninth Circuit ruling in February 2014, there has been a spike in applications for concealed carry permits.

That ruling effectively stated, requiring people to show good cause for wanting a concealed carry permit is an infringement on the right to bear arms. Presently all that is required is a desire for self-defense. Shasta County Sheriff Tom Bosenko said the demand for carrying a concealed weapon will only continue to grow. “Part of it is people want to be able to feel in control and protect themselves in self defense against lethal threats or criminal behavior,” said Bosenko.

According to the Shasta County Sheriff’s Office, there are more than 5,400 permits issued, making Shasta County one of the top issuing counties in the state. Before the Ninth Circuit’s three-judge ruling last month, state law required applicants to show “good cause” that they needed a permit because a “clear and present danger” existed. But not anymore. Even though the process is easier doesn’t mean it isn’t lengthy.

“These people are law abiding citizens, they go through a process of filling out a very involved application and then a background process,” said Bosenko. The application alone is 25 pages long and it includes a nationwide check to see if there’s any history of arrests or convictions for criminal behavior. Along with that, 12 hours of gun training is required by law.

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