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Concealed weapons permits nearly double in O.C.

Concealed weapons permits nearly double in O.C.

In the six months since Orange County began issuing concealed weapons permits under a relaxed standard, the number of people licensed to carry guns is close to doubling, and thousands more are awaiting approval.

More than 700 new permits have been issued since a federal court ruling in February led the sheriff to grant permits to those who simply state a desire to carry weapons for personal safety rather than requiring a documented justification, according to a Los Angeles Times analysis of county records.

The upswing means there are now more than 1,640 people licensed to carry concealed weapons in Orange County, according to the analysis. Before the ruling there were about...

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