REDDING, Calif. - Applications for concealed carry permits are on the rise in California, due in large part to a Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruling last month.
Shasta County is no exception.
That ruling effectively said requiring people to show good cause for wanting a concealed carry permit is an infringement on the right to bear arms. Now all it takes 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.
"Guns are an awful lot like shoes. You really want to try on your shoes before you actually buy them and a lot of folks don't think of it like that," said Nice Shot owner and instructor Mike Rynearson. "We teach our students really how they might be able to deter an event like that rather than being pushed in a corner where they have no other choice but to use lethal force."
"I fully support the concealed weapons permit, the process and the ability of citizens and people to have concealed weapons permits, and fully support the second amendment," said Bosenko.
Sheriff Bosenko said his office currently has about a one month backlog of applications.